Bundaberg team Tru-Blu recently crossed the 2022 Great Endeavour Rally finish line in Cairns after raising the dust, dirt and plenty of funds to help support the Endeavour Foundation.
Made up of Trevor Twyford and Stephen Paterson, True-Blu car 17 travelled on an epic eight-day, 2884km road trip from the Sunshine Coast to Cairns via Airlie Beach and the Great Dividing Range.
Entrants in this year’s event, dubbed the Beach and Bush Run, raised a combined total of just over $585,000 for disability not-for-profit Endeavour Foundation, beating last year’s record by $7000.
The local Tru-Blu team were awarded the title of highest individual fundraisers with a massive $52,000 going towards the total.
Trevor said he had been participating in the rally for more than six years and loved everything about the event.
“I love getting out on the road, it is the highlight for me,” he said.
“Also, meeting new and old friends, there’s nothing quite like it.
Trevor said the total fundraising amount was something he and Stephen were extremely proud of and couldn't have been reached without local support.
“It started because we wanted to thank our sponsors, so we did so via our social media pages, and then it snowballed from there,” he said.
“We had so many businesses reaching out to us wanting to get involved.
“We also ran regular meat tray raffles at The Spotted Dog at the Railway.”
Endeavour Foundation Event Specialist Nathan Woolhouse said the amount of money raised was incredible.
“I’d like to thank everyone for their efforts and congratulate Bundaberg team Tru-Blu for taking the trophy for highest individual fundraiser this year, raising an astonishing $52 000,” he said.
“The $585,000 you all raised will make a tremendous difference in the lives of the people we support.
“We believe people with disability deserve the same opportunities in life as everyone else but there are simply not enough learning resources out there to support people on their own terms.
“These funds will be invested into our Thrive program, to help the people we support develop important skills such as the numeracy, literacy, cooking and social skills that many of us take for granted.”
Trevor said he felt honoured to again be involved in the 2022 Great Endeavour Rally.
“It was definitely one of the better trips,” Trevor said.
“Heading into Cairns via the Atherton Tablelands was stunning and ending the event after three months of fundraising and taking out the top spot was humbling.”