2012 Drive for Life! - Sunday 21st October

The HRA is getting behind a social drive day along the lines of a navigational tour to support fundraising for suicide prevention projects.

HRA member Allan Young explains the motivation for the event.

In December last year my partner and I were getting ready to go to my friend Tony’s place for a BBQ lunch and view their official Christmas lights ‘turn on’. We received a call about 10am from the daughter to tell us our Friend had taken his life during the night.

There was no warning, although we knew he suffered depression issues as a Vietnam Veteran but had appeared happy and jovial the night before. His daughter was to be married several weeks later and it was during her hens night this tragedy took place.

Imagine the devastation, grief and unanswered questions this event caused for hundreds of people in the family and circle of friends.

Tony lived a good life, he laughed he loved, had children and grandchildren.

It still hurts.

At the funeral I made a decision that to do something in the community to make a difference in other families so that this tragic result might be avoided. I did some research and spoke with my brother Ian who is the V8 supercar chaplain for Victoria, and a mutual friend Mark Bateman who runs a ministry that is first on scene often at potential suicides at the request of the police.

The figures are both astounding and shameful: Suicide is the leading cause of death among young men aged 18 – 44 and in young women aged 18 – 34. That means more than road trauma, more than illness. These people have barely started living!

$100 will cover the delivery cost of a suicide prevention training session for mentors, coaches and members of youth sporting teams across Melbourne by Mark and his Rapid Response Ministries team. Early intervention saves lives.

That’s why we’re doing this.

Ian and I are new members to the HRA but I am no stranger to it having officiated at the last 4 Alpine Rallies and several other TRE’s. Ian and I are both old rally nuts from the 70’s and most recently have competed in Tarmac rallies in our 1989 Godzilla GTR. Additionally, David Burn and Steve Dunbar have the misfortune to be related to us so they’re going to have to help out as course checkers!

The Event:

We are delighted that the HRA has taken on hosting the 2012 Drive for Life! Our vision is to run a fun event that anyone can enter, and in doing so provides funds for this critical early intervention work. Based on the success of this year, we hope it will become an annual fixture.

The Drive for Life is designed along the principles of a navigational touring assembly, except that it is a social drive with no time limits or competitive aspects apart from bragging rights. We will use a tulip route chart/road book with directions and questions to be answered.

Of course you will also need to discover information boards placed strategically along the way in obvious and not so obvious locations.

A route of 234km has been designed, leaving Eltham on Sunday morning 21st October and winding through some of the best roads and scenery the Yarra Ranges offer, to discover a final destination where participants will enjoy a sumptuous BBQ lunch.

We have some strong sponsors in GOLD104.3 FM, Schweppes and Mountain Motorsports who are all chipping in to help cover hard costs so the entry fees can be directed in full to the suicide prevention training project. We hope to have another couple of sponsors involved as well.

Field is restricted to 80 entries to ensure adequate time and efficient operation on the day.

How to get involved:

Of course we’d love you to enter! Entries are $100 per crew which includes the BBQ lunch and donation to the cause. If you can’t participate, we will need a few helpers on the day to assist with controls, collating results etc. There is a website established for the event at where full details, entry and registration of interest to assist can take place. We encourage you to visit and check it out:

www.driveforlife.net.au

Entry forms should be available from the site from 7th September onwards.

We’re looking forward to the event being strongly supported by HRA members and their friends/family as well as members of other Melbourne based car clubs.

Who will be first to enter? find out as we will be posting updated entry lists each week from 14th September onward.

Thanks to the hardworking HRA committee and to all of you for showing us such great support for this worthy cause.

- Allan Young