Brighter Days Foundation was formed in 2012 to offer support to two charities; the DEBRA Foundation (Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association) and SUDC (Sudden Unexplained Death In Childhood). Through a friend, whose child had been diagnosed with the debilitating EB disease, the Smokin’ O’Briens were invited to play at a fundraiser “The Cotton Ball”. So touched were the musicians by those children on the night, a wider group of friends, who were also motorcycle and car enthusiasts, wanted to create a “vehicle” to do more. At the time of the committee’s formation, a member’s close friends had lost their son to SUDC, while another member had experienced first hand, the trauma of a very sick child. “Brighter Days” had begun…
Now in its fourth year, the committee and some very passionate volunteers have managed to raise more than $200k through donations, auctions and events. The annual “Brighter Days Festival” on Labour Day weekend in Bright, Victoria, is three days of family fun. Live entertainment, a “show and shine”, and the Harley Davidson raffle are just some of the events that generate funding and awareness for these two important children’s charities.
Brighter Days Foundation would like to thank all who contribute in some way to making this weekend a success each year in Bright.