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Mitsubishi Rides The Gunbarrel For Charity - (Australia)

August 6th, 2008

1500kms, 15 days, 10 bikes, four children, two Mitsubishi four-wheel-drives..... and one mission: to raise $75,000 to fund a laptop computer program for the Otford Public School in New South Wales.

Deemed the “Gunbarrel Highway Challenge”, the fund-raising project saw the courageous staff, students and parents of the Illawarra region school embarked on an arduous bicycle ride along the Gunbarrel Highway, all in the name of education.

Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited (MMAL) was delighted to assist the school community by providing two rugged Pajero and Triton four-wheel-drives to be used as support vehicles for the participants throughout the Gunbarrel Challenge.

A corrugated, dusty and demanding road stretching from Wiluna in Western Australia to Uluru in the Northern Territory, the Gunbarrel Highway is one of the roughest four-wheel-drive tracks in the country.

Peter Holmes, Principal of Otford Public School, was one of the intrepid riders on the quest for this state-of-the-art learning program, and wouldn’t have done it any other way.

“Nothing really prepared us for the corrugations, sand drifts and desert heat that were part of our daily life for two weeks. Water was scarce and facilities of any sort were few and far between. It was an extreme ride, but education deserves extreme behaviour if we are to push the boundaries of what is possible and truly get children to reach their potential,” said Peter.

Accompanying the team all the way were two Mitsubishi four-wheel drive support vehicles, a Triton utility and a Pajero wagon.

“These two vehicles were fantastic - they never missed a beat, could go anywhere and carried mountains of back-up equipment,” said Peter. “But best of all they were just so comfortable for the drivers and the kids.”

Robert McEniry, MMAL’s president and chief executive officer, was pleased to contribute to such a worthy cause.

“The education of Australia’s youth is an important cause, and Mitsubishi is happy to contribute to these kids’ fantastic effort. It’s a great initiative from which these children will directly benefit, and I sincerely hope they reach their fundraising target and accomplish their goal,” Mr McEniry said.

The fundraising target of $75,000 will enable the school to provide each student from grades two to six with a laptop computer.

To pledge a donation to the Otford Public School and their Gunbarrel Highway Challenge, visit www.ridethegunbarrel.com.au.

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