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Revved up for fundraising

Balfour School will host the trail ride and hill climb next weekend as a fundraiser and fun community event. PHOTO: Lyndon Duff

Trail rides and hill climbs will provide a fun day of fundraising for Balfour School next weekend.

Held biennially, the Balfour School Trail Ride and Hill Climb is a family-orientated event where kids and adults alike can tear up the tracks or just enjoy the barbecue with other members of the community.

Fundraiser coordinator Lyndon Duff said money raised from the event went straight back to Balfour School for numerous things, including replacing education equipment for the students, funding some of the school camps and field trips, or even getting extra teachers.

"Whatever the funds are most needed for."

Mr Duff said it was hard to know how many people would register as most of it was done on the day.

"We do it for a community thing; quite a big driver is on it being family friendly."

A junior loop for the younger kids would be 17km, while there would be two 50km Enduro loops, he said.

"There's heaps of country for the kids to see."

The hill climb will start at 4.30pm for "whoever's brave enough" to tackle it.

Mr Duff said they were very lucky to have Yamaha Agricentre on board as sponsors for the event.

"They've put out great prizes for whoever takes it out."

People can also sit back and enjoy the barbecue while watching the challengers take on the climb.

"It's something different and quite social... we've got some really good landowners who have opened the gates and said 'go for gold'.

"It's pretty spectacular."

The event is being held at Dave and Emma Baker's property at 545 Tomogalak Road, Balfour on Saturday, March 17. Registrations open from 8am till 10am. Entry, including lunch, costs $10 for the hill climb, $50 for seniors, $25 for juniors (15 and under), and $10 for the peewee track.

For further information contact Lyndon Duff on 027-436-8640 or check out the Balfour School Trail Ride and Hill Climb Facebook page.

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