30 YEARS, OVER $10,000,000 RAISED FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH DISABILITY
The Great Endeavour Rally has helped fund a number of support programs in its 30 plus year history.
In recent years, this effort has helped fund Virtual Reality Learning programs designed to provide a safe way to learn and experience the wider world. This program offers a mix of both gaming and learning that can build confidence, skills, and life goals while having fun.
This year the Great Endeavour Rally will continue its efforts to make this possible for people with intellectual disability. The Thrive program at the heart of our fundraising during the 2021 adventure is one designed to be repeatable and accessible for people with intellectual disability wherever they are, or whatever they hope to achieve in life.
Look at it this way - the most basic of skills you may have learned when you were young have set you up for a life well-lived. Even something like budgeting and understanding the value of a dollar has made a world of difference in your daily life. You remember when you got your pocket money and headed down to the corner store for a bag of lollies - you knew exactly how many lollies your $2 would get.
For a person with an intellectual disability, understanding the value of a dollar can take more time, patience, and guidance. It may take months to learn, but it’s possible with learning resources that make the process repeatable, engaging, and fun.
From budgeting through to socialisation, the Thrive program has been developed to do exactly that – teach skills in a way that is fun and accessible, wherever and whenever. This means that people with intellectual disability will be able to gain the skills needed. to achieve more in their day-to-day, whatever their goals may be.
You, with every kilometre driven and dollar raised, can ensure that this happens. Your 2021 adventure will help this program realise its full potential, which will ensure that people with intellectual disability can continue to do the same.
1 in 5
people within Australia have some form of disability
of Australian’s 8.9 Million households include a person with a disability 
a child is diagnosed with an intellectual disability 
The unemployment rate for people with disability is 10% nearly double that for people without disability
Australia ranks 21 out of 29 OECD countries for labour force participation of people with disability 
Almost 80% of school principals report not having enough resources to meet the needs of children with disability. 
Except where stated otherwise, data is taken from Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2019, 4430.0 - Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia 2018.
 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2016, 4430.0 - Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers 2015.
 ‘Disability expectations – Investing in a better life, a stronger Australia’ – Price Waterhouse Coopers, 2011.
 Australian Education Union 2015 State of Our Schools Survey