READY TO GO: Endeavour events co-ordinator Joel Stephens, service manager Terry Politich and Endeavour centre employee Jamie Thompson.
READY TO GO: Endeavour events co-ordinator Joel Stephens, service manager Terry Politich and Endeavour centre employee Jamie Thompson. Kirstin Payne

City street parade to launch car rally

KEEN mechanics across the state have already begun dabbling with their speed machines in the wake of this year's Endeavour Rally.

For the first time, the famous rally will begin in Warwick, which is predicted to bring another wave of tourists into the district.

Event co-ordinator Joel Stephens said the town could look forward to a colourful weekend at the event's launch.

"We choose a place every year and Warwick is really known for its strong volunteer support," he said.

The rally begins on July 11 from Leslie Park when more than 100 cars will leave for their cross country journey.

But not without a full street parade held in Palmerin St that day.

"We have a huge street parade where people can come down and see all of the themed vehicles," Mr Stephens said.

The rally will make its way to Bundaberg across the New South Wales border and hit the corner of Western Australia.

"It's corner country, you will be able to stand in all three states at once," the event organiser said.

While the journey will go through creek crossings, tricky roads and rugged deserts, Mr Stephens says there is another option for the faint of heart.

"There is a cruise option for those who want to go on the trip but don't have a bush-basher," he said.

"They travel a lot of the same roads together."

All money raised for the event will go towards Endeavour facilities like Warwick's own.

Some of the fundraising goals include:

Certificate 2 training for supported employees in Warwick, $1400

Provide assistive learning technologies as communication tools in Warwick, Toowoomba and Bundaberg, $86,892

A new learning and lifestyle facility in Warwick, $300,000

Warwick Endeavour service manager Terry Politich said any funds raised would go a long way.

"Endeavour allows them to get out and do stuff they wouldn't usually do otherwise," he said.

Mr Politich said the changes would make a huge difference for younger employees, allowing them to further their training.

"Guys like Jamie here are a dream come true; he has a really nice personality and is always enthusiastic," he said about employee Jamie Thompson.

The 19-year-old, who counts his trips in the Endeavour truck as one of his favourite activities, was also looking forward to his time in the rally.

"I can't wait," he said.

To register or for more information on the Great Endeavour Rally, call 1800 634 040.



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