'strong' in wanting to help
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drought and bushfire communities
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Australian Caravan Club will be directly supporting drought and
bushfire-affected communities during the next few months.
More than 120 RVs and 200 members will descend on Charters Towers in
north Queensland for a week-long rally beginning May 14.
"I had envisaged about 70 RVs attending but I am really overwhelmed with
the response from members to visit the region," ACC chairman Craig
Humphrey (pictured) said.
"As a group of senior RV travellers covering the four corners of this
great country, our members have seen the devastation caused by drought and
other severe weather events.
"They have been very strong in wanting to provide more support in
"Research indicates that when our members stay in rural areas they spend
up to $100 a day which supports local business."
Members will visit several local attractions, enjoy catered meals and
support a local charity organisation.
To further assist regional Queensland, the ACC will partner Suncoast
Caravan Service to support the Grass Roots Tour 2020 in March.
The tour will comprise a group of up to 50 'vans heading to Stanthorpe
initially and ending in Miles.
There will be sponsored happy-hour events along the way to support
nominated community groups in each town.
There will be talks from local business people, some of our corporate
sponsors and local dignitaries.
"We will also be asking everyone to drop their receipts into a collection
box every night so we can share how much of an impact caravanning tourism
has on local communities," Suncoast marketing manager Letitia Twist
Another initiative being considered by the Australian Caravan Club
involves arranging a collective event for all members of RV clubs in
These include National Association of Caravan Clubs, Campervan & Motorhome
Club of Australia Limited and the Australian RV & Touring Club.
Having members from all organisations will have a significant impact on
the regions where the events are held.
Mr Humphrey said the idea was in the early planning stages.
"The ACC is strongly supportive of such an historic gathering at a time
where the collective might of the RV clubs of Australia can be used to
assist the drought and bushfire affected areas," he said.
"These are examples of RV travellers being able to directly support
affected regions and I commend both the organisers and members for such a
positive reaction to date."