Community rallies around noble cause
THE Monto community has rallied around Phyllis Williams, who yesterday held a charity fundraiser at her beloved Monto Bowls Club.
The social bowls carnival and trivia night supported Mrs Williams on her mission to raise $3000 for her twin brother's Great Endeavour Rally campaign.
Mrs Williams' brother, Kingaroy resident Les Porter, will mark his 20th consecutive rally at the 2018 event in June.
One of Australia's longest and most successful charity motoring events, the Great Endeavour Rally will this year take entrants on a southern safari from the Gold Coast to Yamba via the "scenic route” through the Great Western Plains.
The rally raises much-needed funds for the Endeavour Foundation, a charity that supports people with disabilities in regional communities, ensuring they have greater opportunities for independence, choice, control, and inclusion.
With the help of his trusty Ford Falcon wagon, known affectionately as the "Flying Peanut,” Mr Porter has raised more than $130,000.
This time he hopes to take that total past $150,000 - a truly remarkable effort.
Each year, rally participants bring kids with disabilities along for the ride, and Mrs Williams said the smile it brings to their face makes it all worthwhile.
"It's hard to explain,” Mrs Williams said.
"We know people with disabilities and they definitely need this kind of help.
"The community has been so supportive, which is fantastic.”
The Monto Bowls Club donated the day's green fees and publican Doug O'Sullivan chipped in $100 on behalf of the Grand Hotel - the host of the Bowls Club's weekly jackpot joker draw.
Mr O'Sullivan also presented a $500 cheque to the Lions Club of Monto vice-president Malcom Williams who was blown away by the generosity.
The money will go towards sponsoring local junior sport as well as maintenance at Lions Park, and Mr O'Sullivan said the pub was only too happy to help.
"All the little clubs are struggling out here,” he said.
"These guys support us and it's good to see the community getting behind each other.”