Show ‘n’ shine car show raises $1100 for depression awareness

By David Chapman

MORE than $1100 was raised from a show 'n' shine event on Sunday as part of a depression awareness campaign.

Classic cars and hot rods gathered at Moama Soundshell for the Rich River Rod and Custom Club's fundraising event.

It was in aid of club members who are heading to the Lake Perkolilli Red Dust Festival in Western Australia in September.

The festival is a motor rally for pre-1940 cars and motorbikes in a revival of a racing event which was held at the lake's rock-hard claypan near Kalgoorlie between 1914 and 1939.

Rich River club members are taking two pre-1940 cars to the festival and are using the trip to raise awareness of depression in conjunction with beyondblue.

Armed with the slogan "Come and say g'day", club members hope to encourage people they meet along the way to come and have a chat about issues weighing on their mind.

Rich River Rod and Custom Club secretary Ryan Lilburn said depression was an issue for a number of its members.

"The preparation of the cars for the trip to WA is a direct result of members encouraging other members to participate in a challenging activity with a purpose — something that is important for the mental health of everyone," Mr Lilburn said.

The club is hoping to raise $5000 to cover the cost of fuel and signage for the support vehicles for the trip to WA.

Mr Lilburn said Sunday's show 'n' shine produced a fantastic result.

"Pamphlets and blue wristbands from beyondblue were taken by visitors and people were very supportive of the day," he said.

"The message of 'come and say g'day' was perfect.

"It worked wonders with people having a chat and the response on Facebook has been fantastic.

"It was big crowd - a great turnout. You don't know what to expect when you put these things on. You hope people rock up.

"Well, it feels like we succeeded."

Visitors from Swan Hill and Deniliquin, as well as the Echuca-Moama region, were there on the day.

Cars were brought in on trailers and a mix of motoring enthusiasts and people popping in to support the cause worked well.

A lot of youngsters took up the chance to sit behind the wheel of club member Rob Greiner's homemade dragster.

Mr Greiner also spoke at Sunday's event about the depression awareness campaign.

Mr Lilburn said he would like to thank everyone who helped make Sunday "a fantastic day".

"We were overwhelmed by the response," he said.