Motocross riders rev up to raise funds for charity
MOTOCROSS: More than 100 motocross riders will hit the Six Mile Raceway in Rockhampton this weekend to help in the fight against cancer.
The inaugural Rocky Raiser - Do it for Cancer was initiated by Debbie Dark, the Rockhampton Motocross Club's race secretary.
Debbie lost her father Tim Busk to lung cancer in June this year and she said the support she and her family received through their heart-wrenching journey was incredible.
This motivated her to organise this weekend's event, which will raise vital funds for Cancer Council Queensland.
If well supported, Debbie is hoping it can become an annual event to raise funds for causes that impact members of the motocross community.
"A lot of people have been affected by cancer in the club too so this is a great way for all of us to give back and make a difference,” she said.
"Motocross is like one big family - when something like cancer affects one of us, everyone is there for you.”
Debbie said the response to this weekend's event had been "phenomenal”.
"A number of riders from across Central Queensland have indicated they will be there and we're expecting about 120,” she said.
"The support from the local business community has also been amazing, and they have donated cash and prizes for the weekend's racing and the multi-draw raffle.”
Action starts at 8am tomorrow with practice rounds, followed by an afternoon of sprint racing and an evening sausage sizzle with the sausages donated by Kev Brown's Butchery.
On Sunday morning, riders will take part in two rounds of racing before the event comes to a close around midday
"It's going to be a great weekend for everyone involved,” Debbie said.
"We encourage everyone, wether they are competitive riders or spectators to come down and support the cause.”
Entry is free for spectators and a canteen will operate all weekend.