DRIVING FORCE: About 100 families were involved in the second Driving the Blues into the Dirt charity event last year.
DRIVING FORCE: About 100 families were involved in the second Driving the Blues into the Dirt charity event last year. Sophie Lester

4WD event to raise money for mental health

A KEEN group of 4WD and camping enthusiasts will drive the blues into the dirt in Warwick this weekend.

Visiting the muddy tracks for the third year in a row the event will raise funds for beyondblue to tackle anxiety and depression.

Co-ordinator Bruce Geatches said it was about providing a family-friendly event around a good cause.

"Beyondblue does amazing work providing support for people with mental health issues,” he said.

"This weekend is about removing the stigma and allowing everyone to have fun.”

Two hundred avid drivers and their families will take to the tracks at The Springs 4x4 Adventure Park at The Glen from today until Sunday.

The family-friendly weekend at The Springs 4x4 Adventure Park will include 4WD events such as hill drags and mud runs.

Mr Geatches said this year there were more activities for children to enjoy.

"For the little kids there will be face painting, fairy floss and a disco followed by fireworks,” he said.

One of the new things this year is a lip sync battle for the adults.

"So find a friend, choose a song and mime away,” Mr Geatches said.

There are $15,000 worth of raffle prizes to be won over the weekend.

"We're giving away a complete set of tyres valued up to $1000,” he said.

"There's a barbecue which looks like an engine block and kids packs as well.”

Driving enthusiasts can find the park at 21153 New England Highway, The Glen. Camping is available over the weekend but visitors must register before hand by phoning 0448948608.

Entry is a $10 donation for anyone over the age of 16.

Previous years the event has raised more than $10,000 to beyondblue and Mr Geatches is expecting to top that again this year.



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