Ken and Joyce Tuckey next to their 20hp Scout vehicle at Milne Bros in Emerald. The couple, in their seventies, drove 12,000km for charity.
Ken and Joyce Tuckey next to their 20hp Scout vehicle at Milne Bros in Emerald. The couple, in their seventies, drove 12,000km for charity.

Trekking across nation in name of charity

JOYCE and Ken Tuckey certainly aren’t your average seventy-year-old couple.

The go-getters from Coolah, New South Wales, recently passed through Emerald on the back end of a 12,000km journey aboard a Case IH Scout vehicle – all in the name of charity.

The Tuckeys drove from Coolah to Darwin, then across the Gulf, and back down through Queensland on their way back to NSW at an average speed of 30kmh in a 20hp vehicle. They stopped in 100 towns along the way and raised money for Kids Cancer Research and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. “I like to think I’m going to live until I’m 140. I think it is good to be different… doing strange things like this keep us younger,” Ken said.

They left home on May 30, and are expected to pull into Coolah today, rounding off a journey that took more than two months.

“It’s just been perfect, we couldn’t have chosen a better vehicle to do it in either,” Joyce said.

They have been completing long charity runs since 1995 in which they have travelled back and fourth across the great southern land numerous times.

“Queensland has been to hell and back over the past 12 months and if there is any way we can give back then that’s great,” Ken said.

“We definitely need to thank Milne Bros, Case IH, the Queensland Police and all the truck drivers we have come across on your roads, they have been fantastic.”

At last count the couple had raised more than $12,000.


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