By Angela Norval
Trev Twyford and Stephen Paterson are proof that when mates can make a real difference when they come together.
A well-known face on The Great Endeavour Rally, Trev has been able to fil his vacancy for a navigator with Pato who has long had the rally on his bucket list, especially since it kicked off at the Spotted Dog Tavern in 2019.
Mates for 25 years, the pair will set off on 2 September from Maroochydore in a 1980 XD Falcon 5.8l wagon finishing in Cairns on 10 September.
Needless to say, The Great Endeavour Rally takes the most round about way to get to its destination making for a nine-day adventure with plenty of excitement that wouldn’t be seen with a standard drive up the Bruce Highway.
The Great Endeavour Rally is one of Australia’s longest and most successful charity motoring events and this year’s 2022 Beach and Bush Run will traverse the Great Dividing Range, travel through national parks, and explore unseen corners thanks to access to private property.
Trev and Pato will be driving on roads you couldn’t access any other way and throughout this adventure, they’ll travel through picturesque Australian scenery and visit remote destinations that few others get to see.
But The Great Endeavour Rally is not a race or a time trial.
It is an adventure that celebrates the natural wonder of Australia – one that brings together the camaraderie and spirit of an amazing driving community to support people with intellectual disability.
Event specialist Nathan Woolhouse said the Great Endeavour Rally had been raising much needed funds for Endeavour Foundation for 35 years and while it had gone towards physical things such as cars, trucks and even ovens, there was now a focus on learning resources.
“Throughout Covid restrictions we found our clients weren’t always able to work with staff in person, so to have access to online learning modules has been very valuable and helped them with areas such as life goals and budgeting for instance,” he said.
“Because we have a gap in our funding that is not filled by the NDIS, this style of fundraising is always appreciated with many dedicated teams helping us work towards our total of $500,000.
“The beauty of The Endeavour Rally is we follow the motto of no one gets left behind and it really is like one big family with everyone having a good time for a valuable cause.”
As well as mechanical support from the Australian Defence Force and Transport Field Services providing a tow truck, Warren West from Network Car and Truck Rentals is again providing and driving the truck that help all the Great Endeavour Rally teams and participants along the journey by carrying spare parts, belongings and more.
Trev and Pato are looking forward to fun, laughs and tears, but most importantly, raising funds for the Endeavour Foundation.
“We’re participating in The Great Endeavour Rally to raise funds and awareness for the Endeavour Foundation who help to provide opportunities for people with intellectual disability to live their best life and realise their dreams,” Pato said.
Get behind the boys who are representing Bundaberg and doing us proud by visiting the website greatendeavour.com.au and heading to the Tru Blue page or follow them on Facebook.