Roma rocks and rolls for char­ity

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - Ellen Ransley [email protected]­ern­starnews.com

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.”

PHO­TOS: ELLEN RANSLEY

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