'Hippies' hit the road on quest
THREE hippie-clad ladies left Warwick in a cloud dust this week, beginning a 10-day adventure on the roads.
In a bright purple car, Robyn Devine and sisters Bev O'Halloran and Lyn Wright waved goodbye to their friends at Warwick Endeavour Foundation to begin their road trip from Goondiwindi to the Gold Coast.
Mrs Devine said the trio were hitting the highway along with hundreds of others as part of the “Happy Hippies” Great Endeavour Rally.
“We're raising money for the Endeavour Foundation,” she said.
“We've had races in Toowoomba, a wine and cheese night and lots of raffles.
“All up we've raised more than $10,000.”
As well as fund-raising for the foundation, the trio hope to raise just as much awareness in their travels.
Mrs O'Halloran said The Endeavour Foundation was greatly important to her and her sister Lyn.
“We had an uncle who was Down Syndrome and we always said if there was a facility (like this) when he was younger, it would have been great,” she said.
“He couldn't even go to school in Brisbane – thankfully we've come a long way since. The parents of children with disabilities got together and decided they were going to do something about it.”
That, Mrs O'Halloran said, was the birth of the Endeavour Foundation.
This year it celebrated its 60th birthday of helping people with disabilities and their families.
Warwick's three “hippies” have left the Rose City with Goondiwindi in their sights.
They will begin their 10-day tour on Monday, and will visit a number of Endeavour workshops in their travels.
From Goondiwindi the group will travel to Flinton, Boolba, Dunkeld, Wyandra, Charleville, Tambo, Tooloombilla, Miles and Mt Alford, before arriving at the Gold Coast.
Ten clients from Endeavour Foundations in the region will be accompanying the group, which will travel in 70 cars and a bus.
CEO David Barbegello will also hit the road with the group.
The three women said they were looking forward to their adventure.
More information at www.endeavour.com.au.