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Variety Ambassador Keeps on Trekking

The Motor Trades Association of Queensland (MTA Queensland) has been representing the interests of employers in the automotive industry since 1929. Over the 88 years of operation it’s safe to say that MTA Queensland members have one thing in common. They love cars. But, Greg Klease, a lifetime member, and past MTA Queensland President has taken his love of cars/4WDing and combined it with his other passion; raising money for charity.

Greg started his automotive career in 1966 in Central Queensland, Biloela. By 1979 he’d bought his first Ford dealership and joined as an MTA Queensland member. Greg’s history with MTA Queensland is extensive, contributing a great deal as a board member from 1996 where he represented Central Queensland, and later becoming MTA Queensland President from 2002 to 2009.

But despite his involvement with MTA Queensland, it’s Greg’s contribution to his community that is truly admirable. Greg has been heavily involved in raising money for charity for over 30 years and this week takes part in the 2017 “Great Southern Land” ARB Variety 4WD Explorer Trek with Rod Pether, the North Queensland Automotive Remarketing Division representative. The Variety Explorer Trek is a two-week trip of a lifetime 4WD adventure around Tasmania designed to raise money for Variety, the children’s charity.

Greg first started assisting in the Variety Club of Queensland back in the 1980s when Ford dealerships around the world became involved in the cause. Greg jumped at the chance to begin raising money and has been heavily involved ever since.

“It’s a passion of mine,” said Greg. “I’ve been raising money for children in the Central Queensland area for over 30 years and being able to combine it with my love of 4WDing and exploring Australia each year is something I get immense enjoyment out of.”

And over 30 years the community has taken notice. Greg has been awarded Citizen of the Year awards in the Gladstone region for 2000 and 2005, a centenary medal for services to the community in 2002 and more.

“The accolades don’t mean anything to me,” said Greg. “I simply enjoy raising money for children’s causes and will continue to do so.

“Last year we managed to collectively raise $350,000 on the Variety Explorer Trek and this year we expect to exceed this!”

For more information on Variety, The Children’s Charity Click Here

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