The Cromwell Property Group Foundation (Foundation) and FDC Construction & Fitout (FDC) once again participated in Destination Outback (DO), the biennial charity event organised by the Rotary Club of Dubbo South. Between 10 and 18 August, a fleet of 46 4WDs travelled over 3,100 kilometres, supporting causes relevant to the rural communities visited along the journey.
The Foundation, as platinum sponsor of the event, raised $132,320 in conjunction with FDC, which will be split between the beneficiaries - Black Dog Ride, Pink Angels and Royal Far West.
The fleet travelled from the Collie Hotel, located just outside Dubbo, to Longreach in Central Queensland, and then back to the Armatree Hotel in Northern NSW. Some of Queensland’s most iconic towns were visited along the way, including Quilpie, Cunnamulla, Yaraka, Isisford and St George.
This year, Cromwell CEO Paul Weightman, participating in his fourth Destination Outback, said the money raised will make a meaningful impact to rural communities.
“It was a privilege to once again partake in Destination Outback, which is a unique and rewarding experience that gives participants the opportunity to visit some of the most remote areas of our country. You meet a lot of fantastic people throughout the DO journey, and the generosity of spirit and hospitality shown by locals, participants, and sponsors was truly inspiring,” Mr Weightman said.
“There has never been a more crucial time to shine a light on the issues facing our rural communities. The drought, in particular, has added strain on remote communities, both financially and mentally. To raise more than $130,000 is an outstanding achievement and will make a significant impact to the invaluable work of our beneficiaries.”
Despite a shredded tyre, failed brakes and finishing the journey with one less car than when they set out, the Cromwell team found that these hardships were minor in comparison to some of those faced by rural communities.
“I am extremely proud of the support we were able to provide, and I look forward to many more memorable trips,” Mr Weightman concluded.
Charities Supported by DO18
Black Dog Ride
Black Dog Ride began in 2009 as a ride to raise awareness of depression, evolving into a national charity which raises funds for mental health programs and to foster mental health around the nation.
For more information, visit www.blackdogride.com.au
Pink Angels, based in Dubbo (less than 100km from both the start in Collie and finish in Armatree), is an organisation that provides support to local breast cancer patients. Founded by Donna Falconer in 2009, Pink Angels cares for, helps and supports patients in the region on their journey.
For more information, visit www.pinkangels.org.au
Royal Far West
Since 1924, Royal Far West has been connecting rural and remote Australian children with the healthcare they need. Through their integrated health, education and disability services, delivered through a combination of residential, remote and in-community programs, Royal Far West work closely with healthcare professionals, schools, communities, parents and carers.
For more information, visit www.royalfarwest.org.au