Great Endeavour Rally finishes in tropical style

The 26th Queensland Great Endeavour Rally & Cruise has finished in style in tropical Port Douglas after raising more than $280,000 for Endeavour Foundation.

Stunning Rex Smeal Park with its panoramic sea views and lush palm trees provided the perfect setting for the grand finale of the rally, after a 3,500km odyssey from Caloundra to Far North Queensland via reefs, ranges and rainforests.

A total of 42 customised 2WD and 4WD rally cars, plus support vehicles, were cheered on by supporters as they crossed the finish line after eight days of tough off-road tracks, mud baths, sand patches and creek crossings.

“There were some real challenges on the course – and the teams put their bush mechanic skills to the test,” said Events Coordinator Joel Stephens. “From shredded tyres to broken axles, we’ve seen it all this year!”

The 2013 Queensland Great Endeavour Rally kicked off at Caloundra RSL on Saturday 13 July and visited Kingaroy, Theodore, Mt Chalmers near Rockhampton, the Bowen River Hotel in Collinsville, Oak Park Racecourse in Einasleigh and the Lion’s Den Hotel south of Cooktown.

While most of the fundraising was done before rally teams set off from Caloundra, entrants also raised thousands of dollars en route in a number of charity auctions. The highest fundraisers were Colin Desbrow and Shane Charles of Car 81 – Red Bull Racing – who raised more than $40,000 for Endeavour Foundation.

The funds raised will go towards the construction of new houses for people with a disability in Cairns, Rockhampton and Pelican Waters on the Sunshine Coast. These modern, spacious houses will feature the latest assistive technologies and with a maximum of four people living in each house, tenants will have greater choice and opportunities for independence.

Construction is underway on two five-bedroom houses at White Rock in Cairns, with people set to move in later this year. Two houses in Pelican Waters will be completed by September, and another three houses in North Rockhampton will be ready by December.

“This year’s course has been an amazing adventure and – as with every rally – we’ve gone to places you would never find or dare venture into alone,” said Road Boss Jamie Lawson.

“It’s truly an adventure holiday that gets right into the heart and soul of the Australian outback while raising funds to support people with a disability to have the choices of an ordinary life.”

Six Endeavour Foundation clients from around Queensland travelled with the rally on this wild, wonderful and wacky charity road trip and all agreed that the event was a huge success.

“I went in three of the rally cars,” said Paul from Mareeba, who arrived in style at the finish line in a 1984 Rolls Royce Silver Spur – one of the most unusual entries on this year’s rally. “It was really good fun!”

“Everyone has had a fantastic time on the Queensland rally,” said Mr Stephens. “And we’re looking forward to doing it all over again when the inaugural New South Wales Great Endeavour Rally kicks off in Penrith this October.”

Endeavour Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organisation supporting people with a disability in over 3,700 placements from 230 locations throughout Queensland and in Sydney. These include accommodation, education, training, vocational and lifestyle opportunities. Find out more at endeavour.com.au.

For more info on the Great Endeavour Rally, visit great.endeavour.com.au.

Contact:         Andree Heslin, Media & Communications Officer

Ph (07) 3908 7257, Mob.0429 065 440, email a.heslin@endeavour.com.au