Brighter Days Festival
VIC Labour Day Weekend
8 - 10 March 2024

About Us

The Brighter Days Foundation is an incorporated fundraising entity run by a dedicated group of volunteers from Melbourne and Bright. Formed in 2012 to offer support to children’s charities, it all started when musicians Matt Powell, John Nixon and Steve Dundon were asked to play at a backyard awareness gig for the debilitating skin disease Epidermolysis Bullosa, where they met sufferers Eliza and Tilly. So touched by the plight of these children, these guys decided they needed to do more. At the same time their motorbike-riding buddy Jim Henwood's close friends Rob and Kylie Trewin had lost their son Cooper to SUDC whilst another great mate and Bright Local Jason Reid was experiencing first-hand the trauma of a very sick child. Collectively these guys wanted to do something that would make a real difference to those suffering. They put their heads together and drew on the significant resources of their wider circle of friends who were also motorcycle and car enthusiasts and so the Brighter Days Foundation was formed to facilitate a BIKES, CARS, MUSIC fundraising event – The Brighter Days Festival. Having just ticked over our 10th year, the event has grown into a massive 3 days of family fundraising held annually each year on the Victorian Labour Day long weekend in Bright, Victoria. During that time, we are proud to have donated over $4 million dollars to our charities, money that is both helping EB sufferers as well as making real inroads into finding a cure for both SUDC and Epidermolysis Bullosa.

The charities we support are: DEBRA Australia (Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association), The Cooper Trewin Memorial SUDC Research Foundation and CurEB Research Foundation. More information on these organisations can be found on the ‘CHARITIES’ tab.

We are very proud of our extensive and loyal Brighter Days supporters. Our community has grown exponentially and is made up of residents from Bright and the surrounding towns as well as regular visitors from both intra and interstate. We also feel a great connection to the local community groups and are pleased to have developed mutually beneficial working relationships with the local Ovens Valley CFA Group of Brigades, Bright United Football Netball Club, Bright Lions Club and CWA to name a few.

We hope to continue to raise more funds each year through natural growth and as awareness of our 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 suffering kids.

President - Paul Terrill

Looking back, it was our connection with BIKES-CARS-MUSIC that has lead us to where The Brighter Days Foundation is today. The Brighter Days Foundation was born out of our friendship with Tilley Wilkes and Cooper Trewin and as such we have all strived to make a difference in some way, whether it is funding or just making people aware of these terrible diseases that were almost unheard of.

Vice President - Jason Reid

Long time local from Bright, Brighter Days commenced as a mere suggestion and I am so proud to have been involved since its inception. I am continually amazed at what a group of like minded people and friends can achieve.

Secretary - Jim Henwood

I remember sitting at our National Conference and listening to Rob speak about losing Cooper like it was yesterday - that’s how much it affected me. I knew I had to get involved and help wherever I could by fundraising for this as well as EB.Being involved in Brighter Days is challenging, exciting and above all rewarding. Knowing we are making a difference in the lives of children suffering with EB as well as making massive inroads to finding a cure for SUDC is something both myself and the entire committee of Brighter Days are extremely proud of.

Treasurer - Mathew Powell

Often organisations such as the Brighter Days Foundation evolve organically from a small idea. This is certainly the case with the BDF and the Brighter Days Festival.  My recollection of walking into a friends backyard to play a gig and then to be introduced to Eliza and Tilly (both young girls suffering from EB) is still very strong in my mind. It was that day that motivated a number of us to organise a fund raiser for this rare generic disease. At the same we teamed up with friends involved with SUDC and have now grown our foundation and Festival into what it is today. A group of friends helping out others in the community.


Executive Committee

Greg Bergin, Glenn Chesser, Michelle Dundon, Steve Dundon, Julie Minarelli

General Committee

Billy Bergin, Sue Binion, John Coen, Ross Finlayson, John Nixon, Kelly Pyers, Kirsty Reid, Wes Reid, James Theuma, Sue Thuema

Bright Committee

Mick Abbate, Glen Hough, Glen Jordan, Cathie Reid, Brian Taggart, Roger Zonta Jodie Germaine, Andrea McCormack, Gary Murray, Kim Bowman, Marielle Porter, Mario Paola


 

 

 

 

Brighter Days Foundation

Supporting children's charities

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