A group of like minded friends whose interests include bikes, cars and music formed a committee to organise the inaugural “Brighter Days” event in 2013.
In our first year we raised in excess of $32,000.00 for the two chosen children’s charities SUDC (Sudden Unexplained Death In Childhood); a charity close to some of our groups heart which assist in research for unexplained deaths of perfectly healthy toddlers. The other was for the DEBRA foundation (Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association); a debilitating children’s disease where basically every day of their life is a struggle as everything that touches their skin causes it to peel off. It is similar to having third degree burns on their entire body with no cure in sight.
Since 2013 we have continued supporting these two charities. The success of the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Brighter Days Festivals far exceeded our expectations and raised a combined total of over $950,000. We hope to raise more funds each year through natural growth and as awareness of the annual event develops. The name obviously is two fold the first, that the event is held in Bright the second is in the hope that we can make a “brighter day” for some kids.
Brighter Days is an incorporated fundraising entity, it is made up of a group of committed people from within our group and also a subcommittee of people from Bright and Melbourne who help the cause immensely.
The Brighter Days Festival starts on Friday 10th March 2017 with the Cotton Ball Run. A car and motorcycle rally departing from Whittlesea, north of Melbourne and traveling to Bright. The Cotton Ball Run will muster at the Punkah Pub in Porpunkah at approximately 4pm and the group will travel into Bright arriving at Mafeking Square (Clock Tower) at approximately 5pm on Friday evening of the March Long Weekend.
The Alpine Hotel Stage, in Mafeking Square will kick off the weekend entertainment with live music from 5pm. The Brighter Days Festival merchandise van, the Mega Raffle & Event Registrations tent will also be open from 5pm in Mafeking square before relocating to the Howitt Park Precinct for operation all day Saturday and Sunday.
The Festival continues early on Saturday morning with the Make it, Bake it, Grow it Market in Howitt Park (until midday) and the Cooper Card Run registrations in Harley Central – a dedicated bike zone located behind the Riverstage, Sibley Sound Shell. There is a dedicated Cooper Card Run parking and departure point for all participating cars located on Back German Town Road. It’s an easy walk across the footbridge for car owners to register, receive the first card and the route before we synchronise the Cooper Card Run Bike and Car departures around 10am. The Cooper Card Run will travel a local area loop with 4 stops to receive subsequent cards to make up the ‘Poker Hand’. Once the Cooper Card Run returns to the event precinct, additional cards can be purchased from the Poker Run tent at Harley Central in order to secure the winning hand!
Harley Central will run all day Saturday and Sunday with the H-D Customs van, H-D Merchandise and Jump Start along with independent stall holders selling a variety of bike and car related goods.
The playground in Howitt Park becomes part of the dedicated Kids Zone with roving entertainers, a Jumping Castle, face painting and more, on both Saturday and Sunday.
The Brighter Days Food Court will operate all day Saturday and Sunday within the Festival precinct and is located on the corner of Riverside Avenue & Howitt Lane. The Brighter Days Bar will operate within this area from 2.30pm – 9.30pm both Saturday and Sunday. During these times, entry to the festival will be limited to pedestrian entry via 3 entry gates. Donation wristbands for our #raiseyourwristBDF17 campaign can be purchased at these gates or at the Merchandise tent.
Gate 1 – Howitt Lane, Gate 2 – Splashpark Footbridge, Gate 3 – Riverside Avenue
Live music kicks off on the Riverstage from 10am until 10pm. The Artists playing on Saturday are Jarryn, Col Jones, Tesky Bros, Turk Tresize, Mick Pealing Band, Cool Change, Joe Camilleri and Mental as Anything.
It’s another early start on Sunday morning with first in getting the best spots for the Car Show ‘n Shine held around Mafeking Square. Entertainment from 10.30am provided by Jacuzzi Masterpiece & Turk Tresize on the Alpine Hotel Stage. Meanwhile the bikes will be on show in the Bike Show ‘n Shine at Harley Central.
The Amazing Chase is fun for all the family and suitable for all ages. Teams of four follow the clues to solve puzzles in and around Bright. Teams depart around 9am from in front of the Riverstage in Howitt Park.
The Babes Longest Lunch will be an unforgettably elegant affair held at Boyton’s Feathertop Winery between 11am – 1.30pm Sunday. Babes Buses will depart from the Brighter Days Bus Zone outside the Alpine Info Centre on Gavan St at 10.40am and will return by 2pm.
Live music on Sunday on the Riverstage from midday until 10pm includes Mr Bluez, Jacuzzi Masterpiece, the Bright Stars Talent Show, Raw Britt, Wingspan, Chocolate Starfish and Screamin’ Eagles. The Mega raffle draw and charity items Auctioned on Sunday at 6pm.
Hope to see you there!