The Road Ahead : August 2010
MEMBER ESSENTIALS RACQ NEWS, CEO'S DESK MEMBER ESSENTIALS MAKES YOUR DAY 57 visit www.roadahead.com.au MORE INFO AUG/SEPT 2010 THE ROAD AHEAD TRAILBLAZING ANGELS RACQ TOURISM The 2010 Angel Flight Outback Trailblazer, supported by RACQ Tourism, is on again from October 17 to 23. A convoy of 'outback angels' in 4WDs, utes and off-road coaches will raise money for the charity while taking part in the event. An outback 'oompah' Okterberfest in Jundah, raft races on the Thomson, yabbie races at Aramac and 'dining with the dinosaurs' on a Winton plateau are all on the itinerary. A highlight will be 23 massed choirs from Queensland country towns and schools joined by Angel Flight Outback Trailblazer patron Tania Kernaghan (pictured) and father Ray Kernaghan for an early Christmas in Longreach. Established in 2003, Angel Flight co-ordinates free non-emergency flights for financially and medically needy people. It helps patients, family and carers travel to and from medical appointments anywhere in Australia. Volunteer pilot 'angels', who donate their time, skills, aircraft and the bulk of their costs, have so far flown more than 8000 missions helping more than 1800 people. Team nominations are now open for the 2010 Angel Flight Outback Trailblazer. ULTIMATE CAMPS GUIDE cost hike Hikes in government charges, interest rates and depreciation are pushing up the cost of motoring way beyond inflation. RACQ's latest survey of private motor vehicle expenses shows costs have risen by an average of 5 percent across all categories compared with the consumer price index of only 2.8 percent. www.racq.com.au Don't leave home without Camps Australia Wide's newest edition which has more sites, informative symbols and 408 pages in full colour. The guide has a $54.95 RRP, but is available to RACQ members for $45.95 through branches and online at www.racq.com.au. www.campsaustraliawide.com IAN GILLESPIE, RACQ CEO CEO'S DESK S COMMUNITY AS A PROUDLY Queensland organisation, the RACQ and its staff take great satisfaction in being involved at many levels in our local community. There are few better demonstrations of this community spirit than RACQ's annual motoring and lifestyle event, Motorfest. Last month, Motorfest attracted some 12,000 people to Brisbane's Eagle Farm Racecourse on a cool, clear winter's day in Brisbane, to view more than 750 immaculately restored and maintained motor vehicles and take part in the family fun. The event also showcased food and wine from the South Burnett region, as well as boutique fashion labels. As CEO, I thoroughly enjoyed walking around and meeting RACQ members and chatting to people about their beautifully presented cars. It was fantastic to see so many people enjoying themselves at what has become a hallmark event for South- East Queensland. The event also raised funds for RACQ's Helicopter Rescue Network.
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