THERE will be a taste of the good old days at the Camperdown Show this year with Cranky Clyde making an appearance.
The popular horse and wagon combination – driven by Ken Pillar – will be offering rides at the show as part of Mr Pillar’s ongoing commitment to raising money for cancer research.
“I’ve got an ambition to raise $1million,” he said.
“I’m trying to make a mission out of it.
“Every cent we raise goes to cancer research.
“I started off four years ago, but I’ve had a few breaks.”
To date, Mr Pillar said he has raised $35,000.
He always has a collection tin handy and each time it gets half full, he cracks it open and sends the money off to charity.
While Mr Pillar, originally from Cobden, is in the local area at the moment, he plans to take Clyde and his second horse Georgia – along with his partner Belinda Thornton and children Nate, 3 and Zander, 2 – all the way up to Cairns.
“It could take three or four years, we don’t care,” he said.
“It’s 390 towns in Victoria we’re going to do.
“We’ll go right around Victoria, little outback towns, zig-zag up across New South Wales and then zig zag up through Queensland.”
While on his trip across three states, Mr Pillar said he, Ms Thornton, Nate and Zander will be living in the horse and cart, with a two-man tent in toe to allow more space.
And he knows from previous trips what to expect.
“It’s the best thing I’ve ever done,” he said.
“You live rough – you live real rough – but it’s just awesome.”
The Camperdown Show will be the first of several appearances for Cranky Clyde and Mr Pillar in the area, with the pair also set to be at the Cobden Spring Festival and Camperdown Cruise before heading to Terang.