COMMUNITY: Car enthusiasts raising funds with Beyond Bitumen Rally

GOOD CAUSE: Peter Fehon and fellow rally drivers are gearing up for this year's Beyond Bitumen Rally and raising funds for beyondblue. Photo: CONTRIBUTED
GOOD CAUSE: Peter Fehon and fellow rally drivers are gearing up for this year's Beyond Bitumen Rally and raising funds for beyondblue. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

There will be an entourage of motor-vehicle enthusiasts who will leave Bathurst on Friday March 23 to take part in the HireExpress 2018 ‘Beyond Bitumen Rally’ proudly supporting beyondblue, raising funds and awareness of sufferers of depression and anxiety.

Three million Australians are living with anxiety or depression and beyondblue is working to reduce the impact of anxiety, depression and suicide in the community by raising awareness and understanding, empowering people to seek help, and supporting recovery, management and resilience.

This year the event will have an entourage of close to 200 people driving around the countryside in brightly coloured cars. Some of the cars are more than 50 years old.

For event director, Peter Fehon and his wife Trish, the journey is personal, having lost their 16-year-old daughter, Beth, to suicide in 2005.

The cars will travel about 1500 kms in four days, travelling through iconic local areas including:

Bathurst, Sofala, Hargraves, Gulgong, Coolah, Dunedoo, Dubbo, Warren, Tottenham, Trundle, Parkes, Bogan Gate, Condobolin, Forbes, Gooloogong, Orange.

The HireExpress Beyond Bitumen Rally will contribute significantly to local communities as it passes through town. Local P&C’s will be providing meals to the hungry, and thirsty, tourists.  There will be a large presentation dinner and auction night in Forbes on Sunday Night.

The Rally will finish in Orange on Monday afternoon March 26th 2018.

By the end of the event, Peter and the team expect to have raised at least $300,000 for beyondblue. The Rally is the largest single fundraising event for beyondblue.

To donate to beyondblue pop onto this website, http://beyondbitumen.com.au

Where to see the rally:

Thursday Night March 22: from 6:00pm Family Hotel, Bathurst

Friday March 23: from 7.00am Abercrombie House, Bathurst; 12.00pm All Hallows School, Gulgong;  5.00pm Cattlemans Motor Inn, Dubbo.

Saturday March 24: 7.30am Dubbo Tourist Information Centre; 12.00pm Tottenham Sports Ground; 4:00pm The Dish, Parkes.

Sunday March 25: 7.30am Parkes Tourist Information Centre from 12.00pm at St Joseph’s School, Condobolin; 7.00pm Forbes Town Hall.

Monday March 26: 7.00am Forbes Golf Club; 12.00pm Robin Hood Inn, Orange.

For more information about the rally contact Peter Fehon on 0414 284 489 or peter@CharityCarEvents.com.au