HOPPING MAD: The toad races is the Red Day's main event.
HOPPING MAD: The toad races is the Red Day's main event. Joshua Macree

Bymount rolls out the red at fun day

THE third annual Red Day at Bymount kicked off with much fanfare on Saturday, as visitors from across the region donned their favourite red outfit and joined in the festivities.

Red Day is a celebration of the life of respected Bymount community member, Jeff "Red” Dean who passed away three years ago and aims to raise much-needed funds for emergency organisations.

Among the many activities on offer were, yabby races, sack races, a silent auction and tug'o'war, which were all capped off by Red Day's signature event, the toad races.

Bymount Community Centre president David Stanton said the day was a great way to give back to local emergency services who contributed so much to the community.

"Red himself was a great believer in charities and making donations,” Mr Stanton said.

"Last year we made $20,000 of which $10,000 made it back to LifeFlight while an additional $10,000 was divided among the Injune, Roma, Surat and Mitchell ambulance services.”

South West Local Ambulance Service Network executive manager Loretta Johnson said the funds would go towards life-saving equipment.

"We bought a defibrillator last year from the funds from Red Day and that will be here at the Bymount hall for the community to use, but let's hope they never have to,” she said.

"The fact that the money that they raise goes back to the ambulance committees and that's something that we really appreciate.

"We'll use this year's funds for community education, first-aid courses, promotion and each committee can decide what they will put their money towards.”

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