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From the ritz of Gold Coast to beautiful sandy Yamba via dusty outback New South Wales, more than 100 participants and support staff in 40 vehicles roared out of the pit lanes on the Gold Coast this morning for the start of the Great Endeavour Rally’s “Great Southern Safari.”
The eight day journey will take participants on an adventure like no other, raising dust and dollars for disability not-for-profit, Endeavour Foundation, which supports more than 4000 people with a disability around Australia in employment, accommodation and Learning and Lifestyle services.
The first vehicle was flagged off at 8am on Saturday from the V8 Supercar pit lane on scenic Macintosh Island, Broadbeach.
Rally coordinator Nathan Woolhouse said participants from all over Australia had been preparing their vehicles and fundraising for many months.
“What these guys do is just extraordinary,” Mr Woolhouse said, “from cent sales and sausage sizzles to sponsorship deals with local businesses, they raise thousands of dollars for Endeavour Foundation and they get their local communities on board with them.
“You can feel the anticipation in the atmosphere here and we’ll be taking that with us through every town we visit, spending cash in local communities who cater for the rally and giving them a boost as well.
“After all that time and effort, this is the moment everyone has been waiting for.”
Keen to get off the beaten track into the heart of “the real Australia” the rally will have overnight stops in Jennings (June 16th), Burren Junction, Lightning Ridge, Collerreina Hall, Ballimore, Lake Keepit, and Taylors Arm before crossing the finish line in Yamba on June 23rd. The rally will also visit Dubbo’s Western Plains Zoo.
Brisbane’s Peter Brady from Car 616 “the Dirty Doctors” said he was looking forward to his twelfth Great Endeavour Rally.
“I’ve heard we’ll see a few cold starts out west over the next few days but that won’t deter us.
“It’s a great group of people getting behind a fantastic cause and there’s this real feeling that we’re all in it together – that’s what keeps me coming back year after year.”
The Great Endeavour Rally uses specialist RallySafe technology and you can track the progress of the rally and individual entrants at rallysafe.com.au.