The Australian Motor Racing Series “Drive for Drought Relief” event at Wakefield Park last weekend has been successful in providing some much-needed funds for drought-affected farmers and communities, raising more than $13,000 for the “Buy a Bale” program.
The funds were generated from a combination of sources including spectator revenue, circuit café sales and a Saturday night auction, as well as categories and event suppliers who donated to the cause.
The total value of the fundraising equates to more than a semi-trailer load of hay, and Benalla Auto Club Group CEO Chris Lewis-Williams has thanked the donors for their generosity.
“I’d like to acknowledge everyone who contributed to Buy a Bale, it’s been a fantastic outcome,” Mr Lewis-Williams said.
“Ironically, there was a lot of rain on the Saturday, so it was drought relief in a literal sense – a big thank you to all the spectators, teams and volunteers who braved the weather, as well as supporting a worthy cause, they also witnessed and participated in some exciting racing in the tricky conditions.
“Following on from the success of this event, we’ll be looking for other chances to support the community in the future – five of the six AMRS rounds in 2018 are based in regional centres, so we see our role to assist where we can,” Mr Lewis-Williams concluded.