Family fun day celebrates 'new' Roadcraft track
A FREE family fun day complete with rides and food will coincide with the official opening of newly refurbished facilities and amenities at the Roadcraft bicycle track in Gympie on Sunday, September 4.
Children are encouraged to bring their bike and helmet on the day for the day which gets under way at 10am.
Kin Kin Masonic Lodge No. 352 donated more than $75,000 toward the upgrades which included a dollar-for-dollar subsidy from Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland.
At the event a plaque will be unveiled by the Grand Master Alan Townson of United Grand Lodge of Queensland.
The funds ensured a new storage shed, which can hold up to 60 bicycles, and a new amenities block with disability access could be built close to the Roadcraft track which is located on a 57-hectare property on the outskirts of Gympie.
Kin Kin Masonic Lodge secretary Rod Frain said throughout its history the Lodge had supported numerous initiatives for the betterment of the community and had seen first-hand the vital life skills taught to road users of all ages at Roadcraft.
"What we and many other people in the community admire about Roadcraft is their belief that learning about road safety begins when you're in primary school and we are proud to be able to help them bring the message of road safety to more young students in the district,” Mr Frain said.
"In 2010 Kin Kin Lodge supported Roadcraft with a $5000 donation towards the purchase of 26 new bicycles and helmets. Then this year there was an opportunity to make a bigger difference.
"Having exhausted all avenues, Roadcraft asked for our help to upgrade vital infrastructure in order to meet Government standards.
"With a Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland, dollar-for-dollar subsidy and the support of Lodges throughout the state we were able to help sustain a vital community service.”
The two-and-a-half-hour Roadcraft bicycle and road safety course covers everything from how to wear a properly fitted helmet, the elements of a bicycle and how to ride on a bicycle path. Other skills taught include how to safely cross the road, how and when to safely get on and off a bus or car as well as the importance of wearing a seatbelt.
Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland, CEO Gary Mark said he appreciated Kin Kin Lodge's commitment to the local community.
"I would like to congratulate the Masons at Kin Kin Lodge for their efforts and ongoing commitment to the youth of their region,” Mr Mark said.
"They have done a tremendous job of putting their community first and Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland is delighted to be able to support them with this important initiative.”