Brighter Days Festival – 9th to 11th March 2018

McKenzie Ross is delighted to continue its involvement with the Brighter Days Festival for 2018.

Brighter Days was formed in 2013 by like minded friends with interests in bikes, cars and music to hold a festival and raise money for chosen charities.

In its inaugural year Brighter Days raised over $32,000 for the two chosen children’s charities SUDC (Sudden Unexplained Death In Childhood); a charity close to some of the groups heart which assists in research for unexplained deaths of perfectly healthy toddlers.

The other chosen charity was the DEBRA Foundation (Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association). Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa is 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 likened to having third degree burns over the entire body with no immediate cure in sight. Both these charities provide support for families and research into helping find a cause and a cure for what is often overlooked or unknown.

Since 2013 Brighter Days have continued support these two charities. McKenzie Ross has enjoyed an association with Brighter Days since 2014 designing, placing and paying the premiums of the insurance program for the event.

The success of the festival over the past few years has far exceeded expectations and raised over $1,200,000 for the chosen charities. Brighter Days hopes to raise the bar each year through natural growth and as awareness of the annual event evolves.

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.

What’s Happening This Year

In 2018 the Brighter Days Festival starts in both Melbourne and Sydney with the car and motor bike “Heavy Duty Run to Bright” for the Friday night Start.

The Alpine Hotel Stage, in Mafeking Square will kick off the weekend entertainment with live music from 5pm Friday night. 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. Friday night will also host a FREE family Movie Night, by the river for kids and families, where we will be showing a ‘G’ Movie for kids, between 6-8pm. (bring your own chair/picnic rug)

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 (poker 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 and the team from HD-TV will be filming.

The playground in Bright becomes part of the dedicated Kids Zone with roving entertainers, a Jumping Castle, face painting and more, on both Saturday and Sunday.

Brighter Days is also running a raffle with the chance to win over $150,000 in prizes including a customised Harley Davidson, Mustang and a Customised Street Glide Special.

Tickets are limited to 4000 and can be purchased online.


Your Chance to Win!

McKenzie Ross will give away five raffle tickets; one each to the first five people that send an email to with the subject “I would look cool in the Brighter Days HD Ford Mustang”

For more info head to the Brighter Days website or check out their social media pages Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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