Marion and Merv Weller are participating in the Endeavour Rally to raise funds for charity.
Marion and Merv Weller are participating in the Endeavour Rally to raise funds for charity. Mike Knott

Rally drivers take trip to Bargara

WITH their theme the cruising '60s, Bundaberg's Merv and Marion Weller are prepared to have a lot of fun when they take part in the Great Endeavour Rally.

The rally, which starts tomorrow, will take the long way 'round as it winds its way from Burleigh Heads through northern New South Wales to finish in Bargara on Thursday, July 22.

“The biggest thing is the fundraising for the Endeavour Foundation,” Mr Weller said.

“We had to raise nearly $4000 just to enter and we've been chasing around everywhere.”

Mr Weller said fundraising had been hard work, but they had been helped out by many local Bundaberg businesses.

The couple has done the rally before, from Toowoomba to the Gold Coast in 2001.

“It was good, but we had to travel some long distances,” Mr Weller said.

“This time the stages will not be so long; it will be easier on the driving.”

Mr Weller said 80 to 100 cars were expected to hit the finishing line at Bargara.

Along the way there would be get-togethers every night, with fines and fundraisers along the way to raise even more money for the cause.

While the 3500km event is a major fundraiser for the Endeavour Foundation, the participants are expected to provide an economic boost of more than $25,000 a night at every place they stop on the way.

All funds raised by the rally are used by Endeavour Foundation to provide support and services to more than 3400 Queenslanders and people from New South Wales with a disability.

Endeavour Foundation special events manager Col Clifford said the entrants were looking forward to taking in the natural – and drinkable – beauty of Bundaberg.

“We plan to make the most of our time the area, visits are planned to the beautiful beaches and picture-perfect rocky coastline,” Mr Clifford said.

“Hopefully it will be warm enough to take advantage of the proximity to the Great Barrier Reef – it would be great to visit the reefs out by Lady Musgrave and Lady Elliot.

“A visit to the Bundaberg Rum distillery will be a must-do.”

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