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Yackandandah Charity Bash 2009 - Raising More Money For Schools With Honda

May 13, 2009 - Senior Constable Rod Lay is celebrating the Yackandandah Charity Bash’s fourth birthday the best way he knows how - by raising more money for the local primary school.

“We raised over $16,000 for Yackandandah primary school last year, which was a new record for us,” said Mr Lay, who runs the event through Online Off Road Tours, a chapter of the Honda Riders Club of Australia (HRCA).

“They were able to buy new outdoor play equipment, which has been a real hit with the kids.”

To minimise track damage Rod is limiting numbers to 150 riders this year.

“The Charity Bash is always a huge success and we want to make sure we can still run it for years to come.”

The event will held on Saturday August 1 in the Mount Big Ben State Forest, in Victoria’s northeast, and is extremely popular with off road riders - selling out every year.

“The tracks around here are world class, the best I’ve ever ridden,” said Mr Lay, who is the current World Police & Fire Games Motocross and Enduro Champion.

Honda Australia will be providing insurance for the event, as well as donating prizes for the charity auction, which takes place at the Yackandandah Hotel after a full day of riding.

“I’m really looking forward to the Yack bash, it’s a great ride and always good fun,” said Rhys Griffiths, Manager of the HRCA.

On Line Off Road tours are conducted in the safest and most environmentally responsible way possible, and are eco accredited with Eco Tourism Australia as well as licensed with Parks Victoria.

The Yackandandah bash is open to licensed riders on registered motorcycles, and includes a barbeque lunch as well as guides, sweep riders and a backup four wheel drive.

Rod is extremely active within the Yackandandah community, and runs the town’s one-member police station.

The next tour after the Yackandandah Charity Bash will take place September 12 - 13, for more information visit: www.onlineoffroadtours.com.au