The Rockhampton Club's annual Rocky Raiser this year saw 150 bikes enter a hugely successful 2018 event, with a huge $8004.15 donated to Bowel Cancer Australia.
The event was to honour a long-time supporter of our club – Jenny Rosenberg - who lost her battle with bowel cancer earlier this year. The Rosenberg family own the local Kawasaki dealership here in Rocky and have always supported the club. Wayne and Jenny were a huge part of RADMX re-opening after the floods in 2013, and members still go to Wayne for advice on club matters.
"The local businesses were so obliging and their generosity was overwhelming," said Race Secretary and Treasurer Debbie Dark, "they donated cash, prizes for the multi-draw raffle and food for the sausage sizzle.
"The Rocky Raiser originated after I lost my father to cancer in 2016, the season was over and I was silly and decided we should do another event and so the Rocky Raiser was born.
"It’s been a great fun event and each year has grown which has been fantastic."
The 2018 event was held over two days - a half-day Saturday practice, then round 1 was 3-lap sprint races, round 2 was a 2-lap sprint offering holeshot awards, then on Sunday we ran two rounds of traditional-length races. Participants loved the format and promised to be back in 2019.
"We opened the event with a lap of honour," said Debbie, "where our senior riders, led by Jenny’s son-in-law Justin Stapleton and each rider carried red or green balloons representing bowel cancer.
As a club we have now donated $15,000 over the past 3 years from the annual Rocky Raiser. As a sporting club we constantly ask for local support so this is just a nice way to give back to the community.