FROM Broome to Gulgong and along the Birdsville track, Jeff Schultz has been everywhere and for a good cause.
Biloela man Jeff, and his wife Bronwyn, are loading up their work ute, ready to take part in the 2009 Annual Great Endeavour Rally.
The Annual Great Endeavour Rally is a fundraiser for the Endeavour Foundation supporting over 3,200 people with disabilities across Queensland.
Mr Schultz is no stranger to the rough track.
“I've been participating for about 15 years and have only missed last year's,” he said of 22nd Annual event.
“A few years ago a mate and I were at the pub and an ad came on TV, we thought it looked like fun and was for a good cause.”
It all started from there for Schultz. The pair found a car that wasn't being used and had belonged to someone's Grandmother, which soon became their first rally car.
The gruelling course changes from destination every year.
“We have seen a lot of the country through the event, we've been to every state now,” he said
This year the rally will be taking the couple and a 110-vehicle rally on a 5,000 kilometre trek from Mackay to Townsville via Cape York.
“It's a good bunch of people; they become like your rally family - they're really good friends,” Jeff said.
The colourful convoy will be travelling along some of Australia's most remote roads.
“There's going to be a fair bit of camping,” Jeff said.
“It shouldn't be too cold through, it's held the same time every year, but sometimes it does get cold.”
Jeff and Bronwyn start their exciting holiday off by watching the V8 Supercars in Townsville before heading to Mackay on Tuesday to begin the rally on Wednesday.
The rally will be nine days jam packed with challenges and good times.
“Usually there's a bus of Endeavour clients that comes along, it's really good because it gets them involved and they have a ball,” Jeff said.
“They run around stealing people's hats, its good fun, sometimes they get to go for a ride in some of the cars and they get a real buzz from that.”
The event usually raises about $200,000 for the worthwhile foundation.
Jeff and Bronwyn are both looking forward to their adventure and are very thankful to their staff who will be looking after their businesses: Callide Dawson Funerals and Callide Dawson Insurance and Financial Services, while they're away.
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