Ready to rally: Jamie Walters and David Burns with their 1991 Ford Falcon ute, which they will use on the Great Endeavour Rally.
Ready to rally: Jamie Walters and David Burns with their 1991 Ford Falcon ute, which they will use on the Great Endeavour Rally.

Warwick mates to take 3500km trek

AFTER failing to finish last year, David Burns is determined to make it through the 3500 kilometres of the Great Endeavour Rally come July.

So he has recruited his mate, Jamie Walters.

Last year Mr Walters and Mr Burns, both Warwickites, went on the Great Endeavour Rally – 5000km right across Queensland.

However they went in two different teams.

While Mr Walters and teammates Justin Bland and Mark Ryan made it back with no worries, Mr Burns (with teammates Glen Loy and Shane Currie) didn’t fare so well.

“We had a few technical dramas,” Mr Burns said.

“What didn’t happen might be a better question... we blew a hole in the number one piston.”

After his failure to complete the trip in the Holden Jackaroo, Mr Burns and Mr Walters have bought a $3000 Ford Falcon ute for this year’s rally.

Come July 13-22, the Warwick boys will jump in their trusty ute and take a 3500km trip from Burleigh Heads to Bargara via the bays, bush and beaches on all manner of roads and as many detours as possible.

The Great Endeavour Rally is held each year to raise “dust and dollars” for people with a disability.

The most important rule is to have a good time and, while camping out under the stars (except for one chilly night in Tenterfield), that is exactly what Mr Burns and Mr Walters will do.

A few of their mates wanted in as well and, as there is not enough space in the Falcon, they will bring a support car – meaning they need to raise at least $7300 just to enter.

But the boys are well on track and have already raised between $4000 and $5000, thanks to a few major sponsors, including Bellingham and Co, FG Loy & Sons Earthmoving and Landclearing and Ryanie For Tyres.

“(The Great Endeavour Rally) is bloody good fun, it’s 10 days driving with a couple of good mates while raising money for people with a disability,” Mr Burns said.

Mr Walters said that this weekend they would hold a motorcycle and car cruise to Kilcoy for a show and shine, lunch and raffles before driving back to Warwick.

This will be the first major fundraising event the pair has held.

Anyone who would like to attend just needs to meet at Leslie Park at 8.30am for a 9am departure. Entry will be $15.

A map and list of stops will be handed out on the morning.

They are also organising a golf day for Sunday, May 23 and will continue to arrange more fund-raising events before the rally commences on July 13.

Mr Burns and Mr Walters aim to be among the top 30 fundraisers on the rally, as the 30 highest money-makers get to start each day from the front of the rally.



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