Endeavour Rally girls back in town
THE Endeavour Rally girls are back in town loaded with armfuls of trophies and lots of stories to match.
They had an uneventful rally as far as mechanical problems went however, on the more social and fundraising side of things, they were in the thick of it whenever they could be.
Right from the start at Burleigh Heads, they were elected as the event librarians, in charge of a motley inventory of magazines covering all tastes. At the start of each day they rented out magazines to the other crews for cash, which went into the Endeavour coffers.
Before the event even started, the Purple People Eaters from Allora raised a mammoth $11,682.
During the event they raised a further $1450 by renting out magazines and selling donated goods such as beanies, lollies and fruit, their best day being Sunday, July 19, at Wingham, when they raised $348.
During the event, the girls managed to meet up with Endeavour clients at the organisations workshops in Burleigh, Toowoomba and Bundaberg, where they had a great time with these special people.
Not long after the rally got under way, other competitors and event organisers christened the Allora team, the Purple Chooks.
The team mascot, a hand knitted purple people eater, made by Glennis Bennington of Allora, especially for the event, was kidnapped and “tortured” by members of a rival crew before being recovered from the roof of the captors’ car during a daring daylight rescue mission.
Despite all this, the Purple Chooks managed to win the Cruise Class outright, come first in Cruise Class A and were awarded the Spiriter Award for all their efforts during this, their first entry in the Great Endeavour Rally.
NEXT year the rally will run from Goondiwindi to the Gold Coast via the Golden West of Queensland. The girls plan to enter the Cruise Class again, using the same car, a 1971, six cylinder HQ Kingswood, but decked out in a different and top-secret theme.
Team leader Bev O’Halloran and all members of the crew and support people take this opportunity to thank their many sponsors and everyone who donated items for raffles and generally helped with the fundraising efforts.
Their kindness and generosity was appreciated and it is hoped that they will be there with support for the next Endeavour Rally in 2011, to help support the Endeavour Foundation supporting people with an intellectual disability.