Raising dust and dollars in Great Endeavour rally
CLASSIC Holidays' CEO Ramy Filo and resort operations' Morrison Duncan will get behind the wheel as Team Classic for the fifth year in 2018, raising "Dust and Dollars" for the Endeavour Foundation.
And thus far, they're way out in front as far as raising money goes.
The duo will once again gear up the Silver Gremlin and battle through the eight-day, 3000km adventure in the Great Endeavour Southern Safari from the Gold Coast to Yamba via NSW Western Plains from June 15 to 23.
Ramy has called on the support of the business and accommodation industry to donate and sponsor Car 63 for the journey.
"More than 300 people with a disability will directly benefit from the Great Endeavour Rally fundraising and, as a family-owned company, Classic Holidays is dedicated to giving back to our community and supporting those most in need," he said.
"We are looking to exceed our $45,000 target this year and the more funds we raise, the more we can assist individuals with disabilities living in regional communities through Endeavour Foundation.
"Having tallied up our previous efforts, we're extremely proud to say our involvement in the Great Endeavour Rally over five years has delivered more than $100,000 and counting to this worthy organisation, thanks to the generosity of our supporters getting behind the cause.
"Even the smallest donation will go a long way towards helping those communities in need."
Team Classic first entered the Great Endeavour Rally in 2006.
"While we had a few years off because of other commitments, we re-entered in 2015 and have now participated every year since," Morrison said.
"We love doing it for the cars, the mateship and endless dirt roads but, honestly, having seen firsthand where the funding goes, we feel privileged to be involved in raising money and awareness for such a worthy charity.
"Every dollar raised goes to Endeavour Foundation to help improve the lives of people living with a disability through better services and facilities in our communities across Australia. To be part of that direct impact is so rewarding for us as individuals and as a company.
"In 2017, we were the third highest fundraisers, reaching $30,000 which all goes directly to Endeavour Foundation. This year, we've set a huge goal to raise $50,000 and we are leading the fundraising with over $35,000 raised already - which not only means we start in pole position, but we also carry the bragging rights leading into the rally which is a real honour for us and the corporate sponsors (including Australian Timeshare Holiday Ownership Council, Dial An Exchange, The MBA Partnership, RCI and Simmonds & Bristow), in conjunction with our individual sponsors who have supported our fundraising efforts.
"The rally itself is always great fun, but for us the fundraising aspect is what really gets our motor running.
"We've set ambitious targets every year for our fundraising, and every year we've smashed those targets thanks to the incredible generosity of the timeshare industry and the wider community who put their dollars on the line for this great organisation."
Rallying hasn't always been trouble-free for Team Classic.
"The number one rule of the rally is, what happens on the road, stays on the road," Morrison said.
"But over the years we have definitely had our share of embarrassing bogs, breakdowns, navigational hiccups and unintentional nights spent under the stars - but it's all been part of the fun."
To make a donation to Team Classic Car 63, visit www.great.endeavour.com.au/fundraising/participant-list_qld. Donations can be made until they cross the finish line.
Classic Holidays is based at Bermuda Point in Varsity Lakes on the Gold Coast.
Everyone can follow the fun on their Facebook page, Team Classic Endeavour Rally, or Instagram @teamclassic.er.
The start of the 2018 Great Endeavour Rally will take place at Macintosh Island, just off the Gold Coast Highway in Surfers Paradise, on June 16 from 8am to 9.30am.
Check out the colourful and wacky cars, as well as the Australian Army support vehicles, before more than 60 vehicles head out on the trek.