Cancer Council cheque
presentation at last year's rally. Pictured (from left) are NSW
Cancer Council representative, Lyn and Phil Deaves and Retreat
general manager (operations) Tilly Rexhepi.
set to benefit
Busy time ahead
Retreat Family Group
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OWNERS of Retreat caravans are preparing for a busy time ahead.
More than 150 members of the Retreat Family Group will be heading for
Queensland for their national caravan rally later this
Seventy-six caravans have already been registered
for the event at the Maryborough Showgrounds.
But organisers Barry and Sandy Neilsen expect many more to
be signed up before the week-long programme of activities
get underway on September 10.
Last year's rally was held in Mudgee in NSW and was organised by the
founders of the group, Phil and Lyn Deaves.
"While we were there we raised over $11,000 for the NSW Cancer Council,"
Mr Neilsen told Caravanning News.
"And during the rally $65,000 was spent by the group in the community of
He said this year's gathering would be raising funds for the Queensland
Cancer Council via auctions and raffles from donations received.
Guest speaker Jeff Palmer from Tow Ed will talk
about towing and also run a towing course.
Other highlights during the week will include tours of the Fraser Coast, a
presentation from Caravanning Queensland's chief executive Ron Chapman and
a breakfast laid on by the Maryborough Lions club.
A dinner and band will feature on Saturday night.
Maryborough Police will attend the rally to speak about the current
Queensland road rules for caravans.
"There will be much more that we still have to put together with the help
from our major sponsor Retreat Caravans who have supported us every year,"
Mr Neilsen said.
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