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10 July, 2021

Burnouts raise cash for burning mental issues

LAST weekend saw the Sugar City Burnouts team, together with Palmyra Dragway hold a fun filled and action-packed day of burnouts all in the name of raising awareness and helping break the stigma that is associated with mental health. This awesome day saw entrants come from all over Qld including Townsville, right down to Hervey Bay and west to Emerald and everywhere in between. It was all for the effort of raising much-needed funds to help our mental health services to give the assistance needed when it’s needed most.


By Jason Earle

LAST weekend saw the Sugar City Burnouts team, together with Palmyra Dragway hold a fun filled and action-packed day of burnouts all in the name of raising awareness and helping break the stigma that is associated with mental health.

This awesome day saw entrants come from all over Qld including Townsville, right down to Hervey Bay and west to Emerald and everywhere in between. It was all for the effort of raising much-needed funds to help our mental health services to give the assistance needed when it’s needed most.

This fundraising event came about from some conversations within our “Burnout Family” as there are many people within our car community that have suffered or are suffering with mental health conditions – and these events are their escape.

Unfortunately, the suicide problem is continually growing and is very close to the hearts of so many of us who have lost loved ones and close mates. And we have even lost members of our own “Burnout Family” to suicide.

To celebrate the lives of the many family members we have lost, Ryan “Bubba” Lofts from Townsville in “OR WHAT” completed a tribute skid that saw every competitor line the outside of the burnout pad in support as well as every person in the crowd on their feet.

This was especially important to Ryan and his partner Bess, who recently lost someone.

These are the reasons we teamed up with Livin.org as well as one of our local mental health organisations Selectability which runs the “Real Mates Talk” program here in Mackay. They raise awareness of what options and help is available to people when they are in a bad position and don’t know where to turn.

Throughout the day there were raffles with some fantastic prizes from local businesses – Walkerston Mechanical, Sugar City Towing, Autobarn Mackay and Walkerston Country Meats.

We also held auctions for passenger rides in some of the burnout vehicles at the event, which was a massive success and has raised some much-needed funds.

To finish off the day we all were treated to a beautiful Hungi cooked up by the guys from the Kingdom Car Club. With the support of Proximity Motorsports contributing towards the food, almost all of the proceeds from the cook up are going directly to our local mental health organisations.

We also need to thank the many other people who made donations throughout the day and to all of the competitors, their families and friends that came to support, to all of the spectators and our volunteers – thank you.

We are proud to say that due to all the generosity, our sponsors and to everyone who attended the event we have managed to raise $5435 towards the cause. This is an absolutely fantastic result and we could not be any happier.

Please remember there are many organisations that can give the support you or someone you know may need, and #ITAINTWEAKTOSPEAK to speak and “Real Mates Talk”.


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