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19 October 2013
The inaugural UAA New South Wales Great Endeavour Rally has roared into life, with more than 100 participants revving their engines for the official start in western Sydney.
Endeavour Foundation Mount Druitt was a sea of colour on Saturday morning as teams from all over New South Wales and Queensland donned costumes and wigs to match customised rally cars including ‘Hot Air Rockers’, ‘The Love Boat’ and ‘Booze Brothers’.
Almost 30 teams set off on an epic eight-day fundraising adventure that will take them from Mount Druitt to Bathurst via remote outback locations including Cameron Corner – the meeting point of New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia.
Since 1988, the Great Endeavour Rally has covered the length and breadth of Queensland and travelled as far north as Arnhem Land in the Top End and as far west as Broome in WA, raising more than $5.5 million for Endeavour Foundation along the way.
This year is a historic one for the Great Endeavour as it celebrates its New South Wales debut.
“The Great Endeavour Rally has always been about raising dust, dollars and disability awareness,” said Events Coordinator Joel Stephens. “We’re really excited about bringing the event to New South Wales for the first time – local communities are supporting the rally and everyone is really keen to be involved.”
So far the event has raised almost $100,000 towards the expansion of Endeavour Foundation’s business service in Seven Hills, Sydney, where 108 people with a disability are employed. Expanding the service – which provides pharmaceutical and veterinary packaging solutions – will ensure it remains financially viable and can continue to provide employment opportunities.
United Auctions Australia is sponsoring the NSW Great Endeavour Rally, and UAA Newcastle General Manager Richard Bailey is taking part in the event.
“I am very proud, through United Auctions Australia NSW, to be involved with Endeavour Foundation,” said Mr Bailey. “Knowing the exceptional work they have done over the past 60 years and still do, supporting people with a disability in the community, I am excited to be going on the Great Endeavour Rally this year and hope to have an ongoing involvement with Endeavour Foundation in the years to come.”
Over the course of eight days, the rally will visit Coolabah, Hungerford, Tibooburra, Cameron Corner, Packsaddle, White Cliffs, Tilpa and Condobolin before finishing in Bathurst on Saturday 26 October.
By the time teams cross the finish line at Mount Panorama, they will have journeyed a staggering 3,500km off the beaten track.
Six supported employees from Endeavour Foundation’s Sydney business services in Castle Hill, Seven Hills and Mount Druitt are on the road with the rally, taking on bogholes, dust devils, creek crossings, fancy dress competitions and much more!
“The inaugural UAA NSW Great Endeavour Rally will be an amazing adventure,” said Road Boss Jamie Lawson. “We’re going to places you would never find or dare venture into alone. It’s truly an adventure holiday that gets right into the heart and soul of the outback while raising disability awareness.”
See photos from the UAA NSW Great Endeavour on our Facebook page.
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