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The 2017 FOREST RALLY is renamed the Make Smoking History Forest Rally, following a new multi-year deal with event sponsor Healthway.
One of Western Australia’s premier sporting events, the Make Smoking History Forest Rally is the second round of both the CAMS Australian Rally Championship and the Onslow Contracting West Australian Rally Championship.
Picturesque Busselton and Nannup host the event April 21-23 .
Healthway has sponsored the event since 1995, which makes the State Government’s health promotion agency one of the most steadfast supporters of rally in Australia.
Announcing the renewed sponsorship agreement, Forest Rally Event Director Ross Tapper said he was delighted Healthway had continued their support.
“The support of Healthway – as well as our other great sponsors – allows us to expand the event year on year, ensuring we are always providing new and exciting challenges for competitors,” Tapper said. “In turn we offer top quality entertainment for spectators, both in Busselton and the forest of Nannup.
“Healthway’s support over the past 22 years has been an integral part of the success of this event and the growth of rallying in our State. This has allowed us to showcase the very best of what Western Australia has to offer,” he said.
The Make Smoking History campaign was established in 2000 with the aim of reducing smoking in Western Australia. The campaign is an initiative of Cancer Council Western Australia and is jointly funded by Healthway, the Department of Health WA and Cancer Council WA.
Maree De Lacey, Healthway’s Acting Executive Director, said the agency’s funding had played an important role in reducing smoking rates among WA adults to just 12.3%.
“However, there is no room for complacency as smoking is still the biggest single cause of premature death – every year around 1400 West Australians die before their time because they smoked,” Ms De Lacey said.
“Healthway is delighted to work with the Make Smoking History Forest Rally to promote awareness of the health benefits of being a non-smoker.”
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Edited by AC.