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A Long Drive to raise $80K for regional Queensland

20 August 2021 // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

After last year’s inaugural event raised more than $50,000 for drought relief in regional Queensland, A Long Drive for Drought returns to the road this month with the aim of raising $80,000.

A convoy of 30 40-Series LandCruisers – an icon of the bush – will travel more than 3,000 kilometres, kicking off in Brisbane on Friday August 27 and heading out as far as Ilfracombe and Tambo before looping back to the capital on Saturday September 4 to raise funds and inject money into regional towns along the way.

The Local Government Association of Queensland’s (LGAQ) commercial entity Peak Services is supporting Queensland-based charity Drought Angels to provide some relief to farmers and communities in the 65 per cent of Queensland that remains drought-declared.

A Long Drive for Drought founder and Peak Services Managing Director and CEO Brent Reeman says with more than 30 participant vehicles and 60 people taking part, it’s shaping up to be a big event.

“I thank everyone for their great support of this important initiative – keeping drought front of mind and raising much-needed funds to support the wonderful work that Drought Angels do for Queensland communities that are doing it tough,” Mr Reeman said.

“We are overwhelmed with the support we are receiving this year. We have some excellent partners who really care about the communities affected by the ongoing drought including Hastings Deering, Toyota Fleet Management, Telstra, QRL, Queensland Outback Tourism and RACQ Foundation. We have many other generous sponsors and donors who we are so appreciative of.

“Local governments involved in this year’s run are also really backing the drive, gearing up with lots of great community events along the way.

“We will be travelling off the beaten track to some really unique places in Queensland to provide support to those little towns in particular.”

In its inaugural year in 2020, Long Drive for Drought raised $52,000 for Drought Angels, which provided tangible support to those who would not normally reach out in the form of personalised, practical, heartfelt and discreet assistance.

Drought Angels CEO and Founder Natasha Johnston said last year’s $52,000 went towards helping 12 Queensland farming families.

“The money raised last year on A Long Drive for Drought meant families were able to pay some substantial bills,” she said.

“We were able to provide pre-paid visas and in one case a new quad bike as the family’s vehicle was broken down and they had nothing to get around the farm on,” Ms Johnston said.

“We always try to tailor the assistance we provide to our families. We don’t use the cookie-cutter approach – we understand each family has different circumstances and different needs, so we listen to what they need.”

More information: A Long Drive for Drought

Quick facts:

  • A Long Drive for Drought will cover more than 3,000km: 18 towns over 8 nights
  • The 40s Series LandCruisers are all at least 35 years old, some of them 50 years old
  • Participants are from all over Queensland
  • The ages of participants range from teenagers to octogenarians
  • The route travels along back roads to some of Queensland’s most unique places, giving smaller towns an economic boost
  • The towns along the way really support A Long Drive for Drought, with lots of fun events planned.

NOTE TO MEDIA

Media support was integral to the success of the inaugural A Long Drive for Drought. The LGAQ, Peak Services and Drought Angels offer sincere thanks to media for their coverage last year and continued support.

This year, the Long Drive for Drought will have a dedicated digital journalist from the LGAQ, Nichola Davies, on the trip to capture multimedia content and liaise with media.

CONTACTS

Brent Reeman, A Long Drive For Drought Founder:

breeman@wearepeak.com.au / 0428 197 177

Jessica Jones, Peak Services Executive Director Engagement and Growth:

jjones@wearepeak.com.au / 0455 081 848

Nichola Davies, LGAQ Digital Journalist:

Nichola_davies@lgaq.asn.au / 0476 811 873

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