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Young People Show Their Budgie Power For Young Care

Hundreds of Brisbane’s bravados and a few brave chicks donned budgie smugglers on Friday evening for a five-kilometer dash around they city for Young Care 

For those of you outside Oz, If you’re not familiar with the term “budgie smuggler”, strip off, put on a tight pair of Speedos and  look in the mirror; you’ll get the picture. Girls, I’m sure you can use your imagination. If not, let these guys help you.

Budgie Power

The Budgie Brotherhood

Some well-worn budgies turned out to take part too. Budgie Bolt ambassador Greg ‘Marto’ Martin from Triple M’s Grill Team got back-waxed and spray-tanned especially for the occasion.

“Aged care is no place for a young person – the average age is 83 and life expectancy is just three years. It’s very much geared for a person who is nearing the end of their life, not at people who are just starting,” Marto said.

Right now, 7,500 young Australians with high care needs live in aged care homes because alternatives are limited. (National disability agreement 2010) Marto said that while he appreciates it’s an uncomfortable feeling stripping down to budgie smugglers in public, it’s not as uncomfortable as being a young person in aged care.

But there were no signs of any red faces among the 250 competitors on Friday evening. The brave bolters were a sight for tourist’s eyes as they took off laughing from South Bank at beer-o-clock on a five kilometre loop passing through some of Brisbane’s busiest bar-filled districts.

They’re off giggling and jiggling

Although the fastest bolter came in with the least humiliation at 15 minutes thirty-three seconds, Marto’s team had different tactics for hiding their tackle.

Pick your place in the crowd,” said GPS rugby player, Kevin Bracken. “And keep the good looking girls in front,” added workmate Rob Johnson.”Eyes up,” quipped Marto as I tried to focus the photo.

Team Marto's Men: Left to Right - Noel Micallef, Greg "Marto" Martin, Rob Johnson, and Kevin Bracken

Team Marto’s Men: Left to Right – Noel Micallef, Greg “Marto” Martin, Rob Johnson, and Kevin Bracken

Last year, Young care opened apartments on the gold coast and announced a $3.2  million apartment project in Sydney to house some of the young people needing 24/7 care but many more need your help. Budgie bolt donations will be open for a few more weeks here and you can find out how to support Young Care  here 

Fair play to all who took part.

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Tracey Croke is a journalist, travel writer, photographer and adventurist, specialising in stories about roughty-toughty travel, offtrack adventure and anything involving a bike

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6 Responses to Young People Show Their Budgie Power For Young Care

  1. Anita Mac March 24, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    Great fun and great cause!! I can’t even begin to imagine the shock if you didn’t know these budgie smugglers were coming! (Personally – I thought they were banana hammocks – guess I am no longer good on the lingo!!!) Sounds like everyone had fun!
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  2. Johanna March 24, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

    Sounds as if a lot of fun was had and all in a good cause. Go Budgie Bolters, hope the event raised sufficient funds to do something awesome, and good on you Tracey for highlighting a great cause.
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  3. Graham J. Sharpe April 20, 2013 at 11:08 pm #

    I’m a sucker for a Budgie Smuggler. Mmm…that sounds a bit naughty. Oh what the hell. It’s true and I refuse to apologize :-)

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