Cracker camp

By Ashlea Witoslawski

Children from across Victoria ripped up the track of the Goulburn Valley Junior Motorcycle Club in Mooroopna during the weekend as part of the Challenge camps program.

Challenge is a Victorian charity providing recreation and support services to families living with cancer.

Beginner and intermediate-level riders spent the two days with Motocross Champion Glenn Macdonald of MACA Coaching, learning the basics of the sport.

‘‘We learned how to control the bike, balance and how to use the machinery properly,’’ Mr Macdonald said.

‘‘The children also learned other life skills like calculating risk and quick thinking.’’

Mr Macdonald, who has been involved with Challenge for 15 years, said it was always great being able to ‘‘give back and donate your time’’.

‘‘The kids had an absolute blast,’’ Challenge camps co-ordinator Sarah Legg said.

She also thanked the GV Junior Motorcycle Club for its support for the event.

‘‘The club went above and beyond,’’ Ms Legg said.

GV Junior Motorcycle Club member Jodie Neely said the camp had been a fantastic event and the club was overwhelmed by the number of donations and support they had received.

‘‘It was great to see so much improvement and smiling faces over the weekend,’’ Ms Neely said.

‘‘We would like to thank Chris Retzos, KFC Chicken; Mooroopna Pizzeria, pizzas; Tatura Stitching Group, sandwiches and slices; Tatura Bakery and Lunches, cakes and slices; Geoffrey Thompson, fruit and private cash donations and breakfast hampers.’’

The children all received goodie bags to take home after the camp.

‘‘Thank you to Hawthorn Family Trophies; AJ’s Motorcycles, hats, socks and keyrings; WBR Motorcycles, posters and stickers; the Wright Family, donation to Challenge of body armour; and Kasey from Pulse Media for donating her time to come out to take photos and create a video for the kids.’’

Ambulance Victoria also donated a vehicle for the weekend and Brent Law donated his time as medic for the event.