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More than 200 intrepid travellers will this morning embark on the Great Endeavour Rally, which was flagged away from Burleigh North Surf Life Saving Club at 8.00am.
The convoy of 100 vehicles will spend 10 brutal days from July 13 to 22 travelling to Bargara, near Bundaberg, by what can only be described as “the scenic route”.
Gold Coast locals are encouraged to get to the Surf Club before 8.00am to feel the roar of the souped-up engines, breathe the excitement-charged air and enjoy a free sausage sizzle.
The gruelling (but fun!) 3,500 kilometre adventure takes in some of the most remote, inaccessible and unreliable roads Queensland and northern New South Wales has to offer.
After months of intensive fundraising entrants are excited about discovering some of Australia’s most beautiful hidden gems including the hidden beauty of the Gold Coast.
Entrants took in the famous Surfers Paradise and Burleigh beaches yesterday and tomorrow they will visit a local secret — Mallanganee — before spending the night in Broomes Heads.
All are helping raise funds for Endeavour Foundation, which provides vital support and services to more than 3,400 Queenslanders and New South Welshman with a disability.
The rally doesn’t just raise funds for Endeavour though – The Gold Coast can expect an economic injection with entrants expected to spends upwards of $50,000 during their one-night stay in food, drinks, accommodation and entertainment.
Special Events Manager Col Clifford said the Rally brought substantial benefit to the towns on the Rally route. “We receive very positive responses from participating towns on the economic and publicity benefits the Rally provides, along with excitement and fun for locals.”
For more detailed information about the route and other aspects of the Great Endeavour Rally and Cruise, visit www.greatendeavour.com.au or call Endeavour’s Media and Communications team on (07) 3908 7254.
Photo Gallery - Great Endeavour Rally 2010 launch, Gold Coast Bulletin, 13 July 2010