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Volunteers needed for TARGA

TARGA Great Barrier Reef is offering Far North Queenslanders the opportunity to get close to $2.5 million worth of vehicles by volunteering to be part of the action.

TARGA CEO Mark Perry said volunteers were essential to the smooth running of the car rally which will be in its fourth year in Cairns on September 2-5.

“We need around 100 volunteers to take on various roles from supervising road closures to checking the vehicles when they arrive to register,” he said.

Redlynch couple Wayne and Donna Campbell have been volunteering for TARGA Great Barrier Reef since its inception in 2018 and enjoyed it so much they also travelled to Tasmania to help out there for two years in a row.

“We both work as night shift nurses so it is a great break from our work to lose yourself in something fun and forget about being in a pandemic for a while,” Mrs Campbell said.

“It is really exciting to be close to the action. I especially enjoy the look on faces when they finish a stage as the southern participants can’t believe there are so many good roads up here.”

This year the Campbells will be trackers where they write down the number of the cars at the start line and radio the numbers through to the finish line to ensure each driver has made it safely to the end.

“We will also do letter drops along the routes about one month out to let residents know it is on,” Mrs Campbell said.

“We all work together as a team. They are long days, but fun, and there is something new every year to keep it interesting.

“The Super Stages at different towns will be interesting and the TARGA Cavalcade on September 3 will be very exciting for everyone involved.”

TARGA Great Barrier Reef kicks off on September 2 with a Super Stage at the Cairns Showgrounds; tickets will be on sale from August 9.  The event finishes with TARGAfest and the world’s largest champagne shower on September 5 at Fogarty Park.

To volunteer, please contact Mackensie Belbin at mackensie@targa.com.au or call on (03) 6144 9505.

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