FROM TOP LEFT: Tanya Marxsen, Jayne Hoffman and Rio Tinto Alcan Yarwun’s Sarah Briggs with students (from bottom left) Natasha Bahnisch, 12, Skye Marxsen, 6, Charli Baker, 6, Lewis Windsor, 7, and Chloe Bahnisch, 10, are getting ready for this year’s rally.
FROM TOP LEFT: Tanya Marxsen, Jayne Hoffman and Rio Tinto Alcan Yarwun’s Sarah Briggs with students (from bottom left) Natasha Bahnisch, 12, Skye Marxsen, 6, Charli Baker, 6, Lewis Windsor, 7, and Chloe Bahnisch, 10, are getting ready for this year’s rally.

Get ready for Gladstone's biggest fundraising rally

HUNDREDS of people will be lining up to take part in The Great Rio Tinto Yarwun Valley Rally held by Yarwun State School on September 12.

Participants are sent on a treasure hunt all over the Gladstone region presented with clues and activities to be completed in order to reach the next destination, all participants will end up at the school as the final destination where there will be a presentation.

After the presentation, treasure hunters can enjoy a live band performance, a jumping castle for the children, a barbecue meal and drinks over the bar.

Yarwun State School P&C member Jayne Hoffman said last year's event was huge.

"It's only $25 for a full car of people to register as a team for the event, we had about 125 cars turn up to the event last year and hoping for more this year," she said.

"It was so popular, it's also Yarwun's largest fundraising event of the year.

"It would be amazing if the community could show their support to our students by purchasing a ticket and coming along to the event.

"Over $10,000 was raised at last year's rally; the school hopes to raise enough this year to provide students with much needed resources including laptops, iPads, a projector and a new Interactive White Board.

P&C member Tanya Marxsen said she was especially excited for this year's event.

"My whole family and I participated in last year's event and we had an absolute ball - none of my children were enrolled in the school so we had no association with the school back then," she said.

"But we felt welcomed and got along with everyone, I would encourage the whole of Gladstone region to come along, it's great for all groups of people." Participants have the chance to win some major prizes.

Last year's major prize was a holiday package including return flights paid for. Rio Tinto community relations advisor Sarah Briggs said Rio was pleased to be a major sponsor of the event.

"We are delighted to be involved with The Great Rio Tinto Yarwun Valley Rally," she said.

"We have a strong, long-standing relationship with the Yarwun community and are proud to be supporting them through this event."

The rally will begin at 12.30 pm at the CQUniversity car park, participants will be issued with their first clues and the race will begin.

Tickets are available for purchase from the Feed barn, the Yarwun convenience store, Calliope Bendigo Bank and Yarwun State School.

For more information phone 49711111 or visit the Facebook page Yarwun State School Car Rally.



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