Brighter DaysWhat a weekend!  Sunshine, music, cars, bikes and a huge crowd doing it for the charities.  The Brighter Days Festival continues to get better and 2018 did not disappoint. We are excited to be involved for this year’s event – the third in a row.

Speaking to the organisers of the event, they could not have imagined how a trio playing a few songs in the backyard for one of the families years ago, could have grown into such an awesome event.

This year’s event was a little bittersweet with one of the faces of the Festival, Eliza, passing away to the terrible disease this year.

There was a video tribute to Eliza and her courage and you could have heard a pin drop amongst the large crowd.

President of Brighter Days Paul Terrill, Matty Powell and Steve Dundon and their amazing committee and volunteers outdid themselves with the organisation, bands and the entertainment again. Matt and Steve are also key members of the Screamin’ Eagles so their weekend was packed between performing, filming for HDTV and managing of the event itself.

The event is free to attend and the involvement of the sponsors and generosity of those attending is what makes it such a success.  The local Bright community also really get behind the event and are fantastic in their support of the weekend.

Brighter Days3Entertainment for the kids was a standout with an outdoor movie screening, connected circus space and kids zone area along with the amazing race on Sunday morning.
Plenty to see and do all weekend with some great classic cars and bikes also on display.

Brighter Days Festival

Some of the bands we rocked out to included Psuedo Echo, Screamin Eagles, Chantoozies along with a surprise appearance by Chocolate Starfish and many others.

The Eliza Baird Brightstars were sensational with the younger generation getting up to entertain the crowds.

Congratulations to the winners of the Mustang and the bikes. Unfortunately it wasn’t one of the McKenzie Ross tickets – we will just have to have another go next year.

The event raised in excess of $300,000 for the nominated charities with cheque presentation to be held in April.

The only downside was having to make the long journey home.  We hope to see you at the Brighter Days Festival in 2019!!

For more information on how you can support the Brighter Days Foundation visit the website.


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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