The Desert Defenders 4WD team aided by the army is putting on a one-day scenic tour of Defence Force land March 12 to aid Christchurch. It's mostly for shiny vehicles, but the organisers say there will be "opportunities for those who want to play a little". The trip starts with an 8:30am briefing and will be on the Moawhango Dam side of SH1 with lunch "out the back in the Kaimanawas somewhere". Cost is $100 per vehicle and driver; each additional passenger $15. The organisers say notice is short, but this is the only date the area is free, "and we feel this is a way that we can contribute to helping Christchurch people as quickly as possible". Contact Craig or Kandy Mott promptly on 0-6-385 8090 or 021 744 573.