A married couple from the bush have taken it upon themselves to raise funds for the Make a Wish foundation by traveling around Australia in a very unique form of transportation.
Chris and Jenny Pye are getting around in a a colourful gypsy wagon towed by a bright orange 9G tractor imported from Western Australia, which ensures they nearly always capture the attention of onlookers.
The wagon was built by Chris, who is a cabinet-maker by trade. He built it with materials he collected while he was employed in the business of demolishing houses.
The wagon was built from an old trailer that was in a farmer’s backyard, which Chris termed ‘the graveyard’.
“There were piles of old machinery and bits of junk in there. I stripped the trailer back to bare bones and gave it life again,” he said.
The couple then transformed the wagon into a self-sufficient living area, complete with solar panels, toilet and shower, bedding, and an air-conditioner powered by a generator.
Jenny, Chris and their dog Pippa stopped in Whyalla on Tuesday after visiting Point Lowly the day before. So far they have raised $1100 for the Make a Wish foundation.
“We’re stoked with that amount, it’s absolutely awesome,” Jenny said.
They chose to raise funds for Make a Wish because of their foster child Lachie Lyons, who had open heart surgery when he was just 12 months old.
“We were back and forth with him at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, and we saw some really heart-wrenching cases down there,” Jenny said.
“There were lots of children who were putting on smiley faces but you knew what they were going through.
“This trip has been our wish come true, now we want other kids to have their wishes come true as well.”
If you would like to donate towards Chris and Jenny’s cause, head to https://give.everydayhero.com/au/tractor-and-wagon.