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The 25th Great Endeavour Rally was flagged off in style this morning by Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services Tracy Davis.
Dozens of rally drivers, Endeavour Foundation clients, supporters and friends turned out in force to mark the special event at Colmslie Beach Reserve in Murarrie.
The Great Endeavour Rally is one of one of Australia’s longest-standing and most successful charity motoring events and all funds raised by the Rally go to Endeavour Foundation to support more than 3,350 people with a disability from 230 locations across Queensland and in New South Wales.
This year 100 participants will depart Toowoomba on July 10 and travel as far as Karumba in the Gulf before journeying south to finish in Yeppoon on July 19, an estimated 4,500km later. It’s going to be an awesome ride – especially for the 10 Endeavour Foundation clients who are travelling with the Rally in what promises to be the trip of a lifetime.
Seasoned tough nuts who have already conquered at least one Great Endeavour Rally will launch the sixth Super Endeavour Rally in Charleville on July 2. Its 120 intrepid participants will venture into the Northern Territory and East Arnhem Land before meeting up with the Great Endeavour Rally in Karumba and cruising down to Yeppoon.
Minister Davis was full of praise for the big-hearted rally drivers who have raised more than $500,000 for Endeavour Foundation this year.
“Thank you so much for continuing to support Endeavour Foundation after 25 years of this rally,” she said. “It’s a wonderful way that Endeavour Foundation can raise additional funds for those essential services and provide people with a disability with those extra things that they need in their lives.
“To all the rally drivers, thank you for putting your hands up and taking clients on this rally so that they enjoy this experience as well. I know they’re very much looking forward to it.”
Minister Davis also emphasised the important role that participants in the Great and Super Endeavour Rallies play in raising funds and awareness for Endeavour Foundation.
“The work that you do in the disability space is really important,” she said, adding that people with a disability and their families “really appreciate the support”.
Endeavour Foundation Board chairman, Grant Murdoch, also credited participants for smashing the rally’s fundraising goal of $500,000.
“You’ve raised more than half a million dollars to support people with a disability and we appreciate everything you have done in the past 12 months to achieve that,” he said.
“We take our hats off to you and all those who have helped you reach this amazing total.”
There was also plenty of applause for Endeavour Foundation’s generous rally sponsors and supporters. Moore Trailers have donated a whopping $200,000, while Brisbane Motor Auctions have supplied the rally with several off-road vehicles to ensure Endeavour Foundation clients can travel in comfort. Tribute was also paid to OzTrail, who are supplying camping equipment, and WIN TV for their continued coverage and promotion of the Great and Super Endeavour Rallies.
But it was Minister Davis who had the last word as she and rally participant Leon Aarsse from Woombye waved the chequered flag to mark the Brisbane Flag-Off.
“To everybody who is rolling out a swag and sleeping under the stars I wish you all the very best. Keep warm and keep safe!”
RALLY FACTS & FIGURES
• The Great Endeavour Rally will travel around 4,500km this year, while the Super Endeavour Rally will travel 9,000km.
• These daring rally drivers will burn through 64,000 litres of petrol, destroy around 80 tyres and open and close an arm-wrenching 55 gates this year.
• Bush camping, creek crossings, dust devils, fancy dress, singsongs, bogholes and breakdowns are par for the course, not to mention wildlife encounters.
• While battling the rough and rugged terrain, teams will also be vying for the coveted rally prizes. There’s a category to suit everyone, with prizes awarded for the best antic or stunt, best presented vehicle, wackiest car and crew and, of course, the lost, found and broken-down award!
• GREAT ENDEAVOUR RALLY & CRUISE STOPS: Toowoomba, Roma, Isisford, McKinlay, Karumba (where the outback meets the sea), Prairie, Bowen River Hotel, Lake Dunn, Wilpeena, Yeppoon
• SUPER ENDEAVOUR RALLY STOPS: Charleville, Rocky Crossing, Bedourie, Camooweal, Cape Crawford, Mantaranka, Blue Mud Bay/Baniyala, Nhulunbuy (two days to explore all that East Arnhem Land has to offer), Walker River, Limmen River, Hells Gate, Karumba, Prairie, Bowen River Hotel, Lake Dunn, Wilpeena, Yeppoon
For more information go to www.greatendeavour.com.au and www.endeavour.com.au
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