North West News | Sarah Orr | 04 March 2015
MEET the “AC Bolters” the north Brisbane crew daring to don bright red budgie smugglers in the middle of the city.
They’ll be taking part in the Budgie Bolt on March 20 to raise money for Youngcare, a charity that provides services and assistance for young people with disabilities.
Hundreds of people are expected to participate in the fun run from the CBD to South Bank wearing nothing but the eye-catching swimmers.
Albany Creek’s Gary Robinson was the first of the group to join the annual phenomenon back in 2013.
Last year he roped in Mick Konig and Adrian Bensley and this year Shane McClements will brave the bolt for the first time.
Mr Bensley said although his first dash had been a little “daunting” he was no longer afraid to break out of his comfort zone.
“I don’t usually don a pair of budgie smugglers. I’m more of a boardshorts kind of man, but the more you do this event the more I think it’s a good thing to wear them,” he said.
“It’s a great atmosphere and a great event and, as you run through you get rounds of applause, and it gives you that heartwarming feeling that you’re doing something good.
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“It might be uncomfortable for an hour, but some of these young people might be uncomfortable for the rest of their lives.” Mr Bensley said he was happy he could help a charity that provided great services, grants and housing solutions to young people in his area.
For more information on this charity event, visit budgiebolt.com