Sun shines on Alpine Rally

Alpine Observer - - News - BY TATE SPI­TERI

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.

Mr Bonacci went on to pay spe­cial homage to the count- less com­mu­nity groups and vol­un­teers that con­tributed to the event.

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.

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