Life on Phillip Island gets exciting every year when the Moto GP comes to town. An international motorbike-racing event it attracts 100,000 visitors and many more watchers as the event is globally televised. For our Club the Moto GP has become a major fundraiser as we work with the GP Corporation to provide secure bike parking and helmet storage for ticket holders of the event.
It is a huge event and a big logistical task for our Club. Fortunately under the direction of Rotarian Ted Jeffery, members rally around and prepare a secure compound for the bikes, and several shipping containers with storage shelves for helmets and so forth. Our members are involved in making this a successful and seamless event and fundraising occasion for weeks in advance of the event, and for some time after as everything is dismantled at the conclusion of the weekend.
We are very thankful for the diverse skill sets our membership provide as members provide equipment and man-power to mow paddocks, erect fences, signs and tents, direct traffic and much much more.
During the event our members and other volunteers accept entry money, park the bikes, and store bike helmets securely in containers ready for collection at the end of the day.
The Moto GP is a real community event and as our Club does not have sufficient members to fully run the activities each day, friends, visitors and family are all coerced into helping out. We also seek support from other community organisations such as the Woolamai Surf Lifesaving Club and other Rotary Clubs when we are stretched beyond our capacity.
We are fortunate that we have a good team spirit across our Club and this event is great fun for all. Volunteers are welcome and needed, so think about joining the team and help out at the next Moto GP. Contact us for more details. We would love to have you join us.