Roma rocks and rolls for charity
ROCK ’n’ roll was back in style on Saturday night, all in the name of fundraising for the Endeavour Foundation.
Roma locals jived, rocked around the clock and did their best Elvis impersonations, with all money raised going straight back into helping those in the community that can’t always help themselves.
Event organiser Michael Jensen said Endeavour was working on multiple projects designed to aid clients in their everyday lives.
“It’s all to help the disadvantaged in our community,” he said.
“A really big thing they’re doing at the moment is virtual reality training.
“They’ve partnered up with some universities and are developing programs to help these people learn how to use ATMs and traffic lights, for example.”
Mr Jensen said the main goal was to allow the program’s clients to help live a normal life.
“They just need that little bit of assistance,” he said.
The Great Endeavour Rally is the main fundraising highlight of the year and Saturday night’s event was to help Mr Jensen’s car prepare for next year’s trek.
The rally, which will be held in July next year, will see groups from around the state participate in a multi-day drive through remote parts of the state to raise money for the foundation.
Mr Jensen said the rally raised upwards of $400,000 each year and, on a local level, Roma usually raised about $10,000.
“We’re lucky that we’ve got an Endeavour Foundation here in town so people can see what happens and I think that’s part of the reason why we get such a good turnout and have great support,” he said.
All money raised goes towards the foundation, which then divvies up the funds to areas where it is most needed.
“It goes to a lot of different areas in need,”
Endeavour clients Cheryl Martin, Amanda Gradwell, Theresa Scott, Shirley Johnson, Jamie Roberts and Nadine Dixon rep their colours for a night of fun.
Mr Jensen said.
“It’s hard to pinpoint everything the foundation does but all you have to do is talk to the clients and see the smiles on their faces.”
FIFTIES FLASHBACK: Juanita Jensen and Mandy Watson get in on the rock ’n’ roll action for a good cause.