Web_j153713BASS Coast residents will receive a free general admission ticket to day one of the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix on Friday October 18.  Day one of the MotoGP has been renamed after a local charity and will be known as the ‘You Are My Sunshine Foundation (YAMS) Community Day’.  YAMS, recently appointed Official Charity for the 2013 event, is a Phillip Island based not-for-profit organisation that raises funds for research to find a cure for Neuroblastoma, a deadly cancer affecting children under the age of five.

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation has established the YAMS Community Day as thank you to residents of the Bass Coast region for their support of the event as well as to raise funds for the event’s official charity.  Residents can present their driver’s license or photo ID plus proof of residence at any event entry point in order to redeem one adult General Admission ticket and free entry for up to four children.  Patrons taking up the offer will be encouraged to make a gold coin donation towards YAMS upon entry. YAMS was established in 2009 by Phillip Island local, Jude Donahoo, after her granddaughter Kahlilla lost her battle with Neuroblastoma.  Ms Donahoo was overwhelmed by the announcement and said that the YAMS Community Day has the potential to make a significant contribution to vital life-saving research.  “If every local came along on Friday and donated just $1, it would fund research for almost six months. The potential impact of this day could make a huge difference to the lives of the young children suffering from this disease,” Jude said. “My family and friends are from Phillip Island and we are all long-time supporters of the MotoGP. Volunteers will be ready and waiting for donations on Friday. We call on all locals to come out and enjoy everything this fantastic event has to offer. “This is Phillip Island’s charity and the community is already very much behind us. We hope that will continue on the day.”

YAMS will be raffling a new Honda CBR500r motorcycle over the event, along with leathers valued at $1000 and two days in the Gardiner Grandstand at the 2014 event.  Bass Coast Shire CEO, Allan Bawden is supportive of the initiative and looks forward to the MotoGP’s return each year. “The event is well supported in the area but there would be many residents who have never had the opportunity to attend the event, so hopefully this great initiative of the MotoGP Corporation will encourage more residents to attend,” Mr Bawden said.  “Apart from the great atmosphere on the Island over that weekend, it’s a huge event for the local economy bringing in over $25 million in our region and $60 million into the state.” Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO, Andrew Westacott, was delighted to be able to invite locals to enjoy the first day of the event while supporting such a worthy cause.  “We are thankful and appreciative of the local support for the MotoGP and are encouraging local residents to come along and enjoy all that the event has to offer both on and off track,” he said.  “Experience the pinnacle of motorcycle racing on the world’s fastest track, support Aussie riders and check out the Australian Supercross Championships as well as a host of off track entertainment – all while raising funds for YAMS.”