Sun shines on event
Record numbers for KSP KTM Myrtleford Alpine Rally
MORE than $20,000 has been raised for the Make-A-Wish Foundation through the KSP KTM Myrtleford Alpine Rally that was held over the weekend.
The event, which is now in its second year at the new Gapsted location, attracted a record 400-plus riders which was aided by exposure through the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Australian Dirt Bike Magazine.
Event organiser Chris Bonacci, who was delighted with how the event played out, said fundraising for local charities also went well across the weekend.
“It was our biggest event ever and our goal next year is to keep it probably about the same size but a whole lot more sponsorship,” he said.
“Our goal next year will be to raise $50,000 and we are very confident we will easily be able to do that.”
Mr Bonacci said it was unbelievable how quickly the event gained traction after the Make-A-Wish Foundation came on board.
“When this event came up I rang them and said look it’s something that’s personal for me and my wife and I said I wanted to make them more money,” Mr Bonacci said.
“Unbeknown to me they had a section that already did rallies and it just all took off so quick we were flat out keeping up.”
It is believed around 800 people travelled to Myrtleford from across Australia for the event.
“It’s taken it to a national level, these professional riders have already said they want to come back next year which is unprecedented,” Mr Bonacci said.
“Cobram were the visiting soccer team and they couldn’t get any accommodation Saturday night.
“Myrtleford was just brimming, between the Myrtleford footballers, soccer players and all the rally ones it was overflowing… it was just great to see.”
Mr Bonacci went on to pay special homage to the count- less community groups and volunteers that contributed to the event.
“Ovens Valley Chainsaws were very generous in sponsoring our event and of course KSP KTM Wodonga who put up the major prize, a $15,000 dirt bike,” he said.
“The Myrtleford Football Netball Club did an amazing job again and the Gapsted Cricket Club, they gave us their ground for the weekend.
“John Costenaro from DELWP, it would not be possible without him, and of course all the land owners, our gratitude for them is huge, it enabled us to really mix with the quality of the track and its challenges.”
Mr Bonacci said that the event had grown because of ongoing support since the first Alpine Rally.
“We are only where we are today because of the people that supported the event from day one and I can’t stress that enough,” he said.
STARS: Myrtleford youngsters Ashton McPherson (left) and Will Doodewaard grabbed the chance to get up close and personal with two of Australia’s top enduro riders Bright’s Mitch Harper and Daniel Milner (sitting) at this year’s Alpine Rally.