IN 2016, Mick MacGregor and Melanie Clune, owners of the Central Motel Nelson Bay, won the 4WD class in the Super Endeavour Rally, an 18-day event through Central Australia.
This year sees the pair take on the Coral Coast Adventure in their Car 12 ‘Sooby Doo’.
The first time Mick MacGregor heard about the Endeavour Foundation was while watching a documentary on The Great Endeavour Rally Fundraiser.
Mick told his partner Melanie Clune about what he had seen and coincidently Melanie shared how she had previously worked with The Endeavour Foundation in a travel business that supported people with disabilities.
“As soon as I saw the documentary, I knew that this was a wonderful organisation that I wanted to support,” Mick MacGregor told Bay News Of The Area.
Mick and Melanie registered for the 2016 Rally titled, ‘The Super Endeavour Rally’, and took out the 4WD Class Award, bringing home the title for Port Stephens.
Together the formidable team raised $4500 to give the charity a final figure of $305,000 from the proceeds of last year’s rally.
The Endeavour Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organisation that was established in Queensland in 1951.
Today, The Endeavour Foundation is a community organisation working with people with a disability so that they have real possibilities to live life to the full, whether that means moving into a new home, gaining qualifications that help fulfil individual aspirations or finding a job.
Each year funds raised from the Great Endeavour Rally have benefited individuals and regional communities, improved support options, and achieved better outcomes so that people with a disability have greater opportunities for independence, choice, control, and inclusion.
This year’s rally begins in Yeppoon, travelling to Hervey Bay via Cooktown with local communities becoming involved as the Rally passes each small town.
The small communities come together providing meals and support for the Rally participants.
“We had such a great time last year and can’t wait to do it all again this year,” Melanie Clune said.
A contingent from The Australian Army accompany the rally participants, providing mechanics, Auto Electricians, tow truck drivers and other forms of hands-on support.
Mick and Melanie will be hosting The Endeavour Foundation Charity Ball 25 February as a major fundraiser at the Nelson Bay Bowling Club.
Tickets are $50 per head or $90 a couple and this includes a three course meal.
“We have received such great support from the local community and have been given so many great prizes donated for raffle and auction items,” Mr MacGregor said.
To book your tickets for The Endeavour Foundation Charity Ball, contact Nelson Bay Bowling Club on 49811272.
Twelve-month sponsorships are also available advertising on the ‘Sooby Doo’ 4WD, with prominent positions available all over the vehicle.
For more information on sponsorship details call Mick or Melanie on 49813393.
By Jewell DRURY