The Rye Community House and the Point Nepean Men’s Shed did hold their community event, a “Billy Kart” derby, as a charity event bringing together young and older residents for a safe and fun-filled event and to make a contribution to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund and Wildlife Victoria.
The event ran from midday, Saturday March 14th 2020 and concluded at 3 pm.
Due to the CoronaVirus outbreak and the need for community protection, the timetable was cut back and certain parts of the event were cancelled such as the sausage sizzle.
Great to see plenty of home designs amongst the Karts this year, which proved very popular across the event. Some of the old Karts from 2019 re-appeared “updated”. The new Karts were also painted up and looking great, especially the Sorrento Primary School art deco designs.
Numbers were well down on the previous year as families opted for social distancing. Those that did attend were great in respecting health advice that was available on the day. I think everyone enjoyed themselves running old and new Karts continuously. It was also fabulous in that we still managed to raise $701 for the charities.
Thank you to all our sponsors who made this possible, Bunnings for their support on the day, raffle prizes and the gifts for the kids, Rye Lions, Rye RSL and Rye Bowls Club for sponsoring the Karts, Kmart for several helmets, Westernport Men’s Shed for the mini-Karts and to the Mornington Peninsula Shire through a community event grant.
Natural and environmental disasters permitting, we are looking to be back again in March 2021. More pressure on the groups to design and build their own Karts and show off their design on the day. We will have Karts available for those kids who would like a play on the day. We will look again to have community involvement well ahead of the event bringing the Karts to life.
It’s a fair time in the future but if you need more details, please contact Terry on 0488 115 433