Raising Dust for Dollars

There is something quite special about Integrity Motor Yacht owners. They are joyous, social and generous. No more so than Dr Stephen Herriott who is raising funds for the Endeavour Foundation and their quest to support young people with a disability to live full lives.

Integrity Motor Yachts is proud to be supporting him in his efforts and will match your contributions, up to a total of $5000, to his campaign. Together, we can get him to his goal.

Retirement is generally a time for slowing down yet not Dr Herriott, who has thrown himself headlong into the Great Endeavour Rally. The 4WD rally, which starts in October 2021 at Charleville and ends in St George, takes the participants through the sites, sounds and highlights of the Simpson Desert raising funds for the Endeavour Foundation. At the same time, the 30 cars in the rally will pump much needed economic stimulus into the region towns of western Queensland and New South Wales.

“There are so many great organisations needing support. In 2021, I decided to support the Endeavour Foundation as I think the role they play is so important in giving agency to young people with disability. The funds raised on the rally go towards virtual reality learning, a program which develops key skills in a safe, fun and dynamic environment. I can think of no better cause,” says Dr Herriott.

The Endeavour Foundation has been operated for 70 years supporting young people with intellectual disabilities to live long and fulfilling lives. Working with an individual’s needs and goals, the Foundation focusses on their efforts on access to education, developing life skills learning and appropriate housing.

Recently retired from his Orthodontist career, Dr Herriott has already completed one three-day rally and now is preparing for 10 days in the Simpson Desert. It is an opportunity to see a part of the country new to him and have some laughs as they race to see who raises the most dust and dollars.  The participants drive in order of funds raised and Stephen and his teammate are in fourth place with over $16,000 and are aiming to get to $20,000.

Dr Herriott explains, “As you can imagine, driving behind three cars through the red earth of the Simpson Desert is pretty dusty so we are determined to be in first place. It will also mean more funds for the virtual reality learning program.”

Strange as it may seem, Dr Herriott’s Integrity 380SX is playing a crucial role in raising funds. For those who are able to donate $750 to his efforts, he will take you out on his boat for the day. It is win-win as the donors gets a day on Moreton Bay and Stephen gets closer to the poll position at the Rally.

“When I spoke with Stephen about his plans and how his Integrity was playing an integral part, I was impressed. Community and family mean a great deal to the Integrity team so we will match dollar for dollar, up to $5000, any contributions our community makes to his fundraising campaign. Let’s get Stephen and Integrity to lead this amazing initiative,” says Bruce Scott, Managing Director of Integrity Motor Yachts.

Aside from the funds raised, the rally will also bring much needed economic stimulus for the towns of western Queensland and New South Wales. Each evening, the rally stops into a new town for dinner and events. It is a chance for Stephen and his peers to generate some camaraderie and for those residents to give back to the rally’s fund-raising efforts.

“I am looking forward to sleeping in the swag and to seeing that part of Australia as I have not seen it before. 4WD is new to me but I love getting outdoors and meeting the people of diverse backgrounds which the rally attracts. Some great cars also enter, old VW buggies, new and old 4WD, and orange painted Volvo called Jaffa. We have fancy dress in each town. It will be a great deal of fun,” states Dr Herriott.

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