Car cruise helps animals

A MIX of new and old was on show on Sunday during a car cruise from Kangaroo Flat to Pratty's Patch Hotel.

The Cruise Just Cos event was a fundraiser for Furever Friends Bendigo, with money to go towards caring for unloved, unwanted and unwell cats and dogs.

Furever Friends founder Jess Woodford said the cruise went "extremely well". 

"We raised more than $500 in donations," she said. 

"We had 50 cars enter and there was a photographer going around and taking photos, which people can buy, so we expect to raise some money from that too."

Ms Woodford said the money raised would "predominately" go towards paying for the animals to go to the vet. 

All makes and models of cars were welcome at the event with both vintage cars and new models on show.

Mandy Hughes from Lockwood South posed for a photo with Zack, 7, and Taylah, 10.

"We have a '33 Ford," she said.

"Bendigo has a pretty big hot rods scene."

Tracey Armato and Jasmin, 11, were soaking up the sunshine in their '65 Mustang Convertible.

"We have a collection," Ms Armato said.

"We also have a '34 Dodge Roadster.

"They just have a different feel to them.

"You drive an everyday car all the time and then you get into a classic and it's completely different."

Melanie Tatt, one of the event organisers, said raising money for Furever Friends Bendigo was a great cause.

"They foster animals whose owners don't want them or can't keep them anymore," Ms Tatt said.

"The animals are then vet checked, wormed, treated for fleas, vaccinated, micro-chipped and desexed.

"Once they are rehabilitated Furever Friends adopts them to a family that will best suit their individual needs."

Engines rev for a worthy cause

The event kicked off at 11.30am with a show and shine at Pratty's Patch Hotel which is located at 35 Monsants Road in Maiden Gully. 

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