Chairman Peter Betros congratulates the Central Division on the initiative and wishes Operations Manager Peter Rafter the best of luck on his first journey to the Outback.

The QRL ‘Caravan of Courage’ will today embark on its first tour of duty as it leaves the South East bound for Longreach and the annual Longreach 7’s Carnival.

Operations Manager Peter Rafter collected the Motorhome yesterday and has it loaded ready for what is expected to be a month long journey.

“The plan is to head straight to Longreach to arrive in time for the 7’s.  I will then make the journey back through the Central West over the next month.  I am really looking forward to spending time in all Rugby League centers along the way and meeting the members.  The first service for the Motorhome is at 4000km’s so I’m pretty sure I will rack that up in the first trip.”  Mr Rafter said.

In most cases the Motorhome will be housed at Roma.  This is through the assistance of the local Rugby League community.  They are working in partnership with the Central Division to create suitable accommodation for the Motorhome during the down time.

Central Division Chairman Danny McGuire reinforced that the project scope has always allowed for the Motorhome to be multi-use.

“It is an operational vehicle and designed to provide effective administration and operational support to the Outback Communities.  We do however expect all Rugby League stakeholders to use it.  This might include NRL Game Development Officers, Welfare Managers or even QRL Board Members,” Mr McGuire commented.

"The Roma location for a base is ideal because we have also been able to secure a valuable sponsorship through AVMIN. AVMIN are a leader in Charter Flight Logistics Management with numerous charters in Roma and the surrounds.

AVMIN General Manager, Amrit Wijesuriya is equally excited by the inaugural trip for the Motorhome. 

“It is a great concept and AVMIN are proud to be a part of supporting such a great initiative for local communities,”  Mr Wijesuriya said.