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Brendo to join Charity Rally day

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Brendo will join some of Australia's other top rally drivers for a Charity Day in Sydney in this Friday. 

The 'Rally for a Cause' day started in 2008, when Youth Off The Streets (YOTS), the charity run by Father Chris Riley,  welcomed Virtual Display Group (VDG) as an exciting new corporate partner who held a strong vision to truly make a difference in the lives of the young people we support. Despite providing much needed new building signage and funding for an educational scholarship, VDG Director Maurice Roach wanted to do more to help YOTS.

A passionate rally sport enthusiast, Maurice was so inspired by the work of Father Chris Riley that he decided to approach his network within the rally community to create “Rally for a Cause”. The idea was to raise money by offering up packages showcasing the best professional drivers, with the best cars, and bringing them to Oran Park in Sydney’s West for a private rally experience not available anywhere else!

The result has been overwhelming, with Mick Ryan’s Rally School jumping on board to provide exclusive driver training at the event, and a feast of hot laps kindly donated by champion drivers’ Neal Bates, Alister McRae, Chris Atkinson and Brendo.

Achieving such a line up of drivers is a rare feat, and an incredible opportunity for rally car lovers to buy a limited place at this event. The real story here though is that every single cent spent on buying a ‘Rally for a Cause’ package goes to Youth Off The Streets, not one cent is being taken by the organisers, or the drivers. Everyone is pitching in and donating their time to help support homeless and disadvantaged young people who have basically become “disconnected” from society.

Youth Off The Streets aims to reconnect those young people through their many programs which include education, counselling, rehabilitation and job assistance. It is through these vital programs that many young people have a chance to build a positive future for themselves.

Companies such as NRMA and Nine MSN have already pledged support for packages, which range from $2000 per person for the full day experience, which includes getting behind the wheel of a genuine rally car, hot laps with world class champion drivers and full premium catering. Just $1000 per person  will buy the hot laps experience with full premium catering.

Organisers, VDG, are hoping the day will raise in excess of $30,000 for Youth Off The Streets, with Father Chris Riley making a special appearance as the guest speaker at the event lunch.

"I am really looking forward to the Rally for a Cause day," Brendo said.  "This is a great way to help those less fortunate whilst also showcasing our sport and promoting it to the wider community.  I was rapt to be invited to take part and didn't hesitate to accept. "

The event will take place at Oran Park on Friday, November 6. The event is almost a sell out - strictly limited places are still available and packages can be purchased by contacting Joanne Baxter at Youth Off The Streets on (02) 9330 3534 or email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

This is certainly one of the most unique and rare opportunities ever made available in Australia, and one that could not have happened without the support of the rally community, especially Rally School and the amazing class of drivers who have donated their time.