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Revving a rip roaring success

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March 15, 2017

The Revving the River Festival was held in Echuca recently. Photo: Stuart Addicott.

The Revving the River Festival was held in Echuca recently. Photo: Stuart Addicott.

THE Revving the River Festival had everyone’s motors running when it came to town recently.

The event was such a success it looks almost certain to return next year, according to organiser Allan Turner.

It was staged at Echuca’s Aquatic Reserve from March 3 to 5 featuring a riotous cast of bikes, cars, food and music.

“We’re not sure how much we have raised yet,” Mr Turner said.

“The event also raised vital awareness for Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation,” he said.

Which, of course, is the foundation in honour of Mr Turner’s daughter who died of a brain aneurism when she was aged just seven years and 22 days – a condition which came out of nowhere.

Her parents and brother were devastated by her death but took consolation in knowing her organs saved seven other lives.

But incredibly, they discovered their Zaidee was the only child in Victoria aged under 16 to donate her organs and tissue in 2004.

Mr Turner said her family thinks it is vitally important to raise awareness about organ donation.

About 250 motorbikes and 14 cars attended the event, which also featured a major raffle – with the top prize going to Melbourne.

‘‘We’re hoping it comes back for another year, it was a great event,’’ Mr Turner said.

The Friday night opened the event featuring bands from 6pm to 11pm on the aquatic stage, while Saturday included a show and shine (the major supporter of the event was Indian and Victory Motorcycles) and poker run, American style barbecue, beer and food trucks in the American Hotel car park and Zaidee’s ladies lunch at the American Hotel.

To top it off there was also a breakfast at the American Hotel rooftop bar on Sunday.

‘‘We’re hoping it comes back for another year, it was a great event,’’ Mr Turner said.

For more information about the inaugural event go to visit www.revvingtheriver.org or call Allan on 0412985211.

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