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Travelling to make a difference

Some made it right to the tip of Cape York
Tour group Uniting Church Safaris don’t just travel through outback Queensland, they make an important contribution to struggling Uniting Church Congregations in remote areas.

Chairperson of the UC Safaris management team Mr Doug Fergusson said that while tours are budgeted to break even on costs a strong response to the tours has provided an excess of funds to give back to the church in remote areas.

Following the very successful 2006 Torres Strait Escape tour the UC Safaris group has gifted funds to assist in repainting the Longreach Uniting Church worship centre and manse, for repairs and painting for the Hughenden manse and to provide a vehicle for the minister of the Northern Coalfields congregations.

Mr Fergusson said that it was a particular blessing to be able to share with people in outback Queensland when the safari groups were travelling through.

“Our 2006 Safari enabled us to make contact with our Church people from Thursday Island and to swell the numbers for their service on Horn Island.

“We also shared an evening meal with two young Uniting Church ministry trainees who are serving in the Emerald Church with financial assistance from UC Safaris.”

The next safari will be travelling through Longreach, Moranbah and Hughenden in early 2007 and the group is looking forward to visiting the congregations to hear how things are going.

Mr Fergusson said that will be a nice addition to visits to the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton, the Flying Doctor Base in Charleville and Magnetic Island.

The full itinerary and cost for the Outback Experience Safari, April-May 2007 can be obtained from Doug Fergusson. Phone 3273 2689 or click here to email. 

Photo : Some made it right to the tip of Cape York