It’s over and vol­un­teers get the rally blues

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KEN Laugher has been on the rally at least seven times and has been do­ing char­ity work all his life. “This is the best rally to do with the char­ity and all that,” he says. Not all par­tic­i­pants drive in the rally. Thirty-five vol­un­teers cross west­ern Queens­land to make sure ev­ery­thing runs smoothly.

David Ross, of the Sun­shine Coast, has been an of­fi­cial for 10 years.

“I get more sat­is­fac­tion out of help­ing peo­ple,” he said. “Run­ning around or­gan­is­ing stuff rather than just try­ing to beat the clock all the time.

“I do a lot be­hind the scenes with Jamie.”

Nic Ki­lah is a scor­ing of­fi­cial for the rally.

The Gat­ton res­i­dent started as a par­tic­i­pant but quickly changed over when she was un­suc­cess­ful in the car. “I vol­un­teer be­cause of the peo­ple,” Nic said.

“Ev­ery­one is a friend. You don’t know them, and you may not see them again un­til next year but they be­come friends.

“You get the rally blues when you head home, as no one un­der­stands what it is like.”

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