Sun shines on event

Record num­bers for KSP KTM Myrtle­ford Alpine Rally

Myrtleford Times - - Front Page - BY TATE SPITERI tspi­teri@ne­me­

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.

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