If there's one thing we know, it's how important it is to keep connections strong. Connections to like-minded others, ourselves and our hobbies - they all matter and offer an important support for our mental health. 

For our Autumn Drive Day, DAD is teaming up with the great folks at Berwick Ford to bring you our next engaging drive with great roads, great company and another opportunity to connect with mates.

DAD friend Paul Webb is looking after us on behalf of the Berwick Ford team and opening up the dealership for us to start our drive there. He's made sure the all-important coffee van will be on site to start the morning, and Mark the owner will be making a small donation to DAD for each cup sold. 

Where We're Driving
The drive route will be forwarded to participants ahead of the day, we are still refining the details in these changeable times. As a guide, we can tell you that for this drive we're heading north from Berwick Ford and ends at Grand Ridge Brewery in Mirboo North. 

DAD Director and Drive Route Master David James is again putting together a stellar drive route that will see us pause for morning tea and chats, then finish with a group lunch. If you've joined our drives before you'll know that the drive route never lets us down (we're still basking in memories from the cracking Summer Drive Day) so we're confident it's going to be another day to remember. 

Registration is essential to attend this event. We can then send you the drive route and important updates in advance of the day. It's also important for managing attendee numbers and our CovidSafe Event compliance. 

We're excited to be able to arrange a group lunch to end the DAD and Berwick Ford Autumn Drive Day. 

The crew at Grand Ridge Brewery have arranged a set menu for our participants for an easy and relaxed way to end the day. 

You're welcome to finish off the drive route and make your own way to a lunch of your choosing, however, if you'd like to join the group lunch, PRE BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. 

Meals will be served in an alternate drop fashion, with all dietary requirements accommodated. If you have a specific meal requirement please be sure to note this in the booking below, as this will need to be pre-arranged. 

Drinks may be ordered upon arrival and throughout the lunch service. 

The meals for our group lunch are:

Main Meals
Option 1: Chicken Parmigiana - Crumbed chicken breast topped with Napoli sauce, Virginia ham, mozzarella cheese served
with chips and salad. 
Option 2: Texas beef salad - Scotch beef strips pan cooked in a bourbon barbecue sauce served on a bed of salad greens
topped with beer battered onion rings.

Option 1: Chocolate mud cake
Option 2: Individual pavlovas

Kids Meals 
Option 1: Chicken nuggets and chips
Option 2: Spaghetti Bolognaise

Kids Desserts
Option 1: Ice cream cream with topping
Option 2: Individual pavlovas

Group lunch booking includes your ticket to our door prize! 
The team at Grand Ridge Brewery have kindly donated a generous Basket and Bows gift basket, which is filled with delicious local produce. The basket our lucky winner takes home will be natural cane, made with artistic flair and attention to detail.

No need to purchase an extra ticket for this raffle, your chance to win is included with your lunch booking! 

If you have any queries about the lunch booking please contact Sarah via [email protected]

Why Donations to DAD Matter
We truly appreciate each one of your donations. As a registered charity these enable us to deliver events we know our community deeply need and allow us to build our Mental Wellness Network. This is our panel of intentionally selected mental health practitioners who align with DAD's purpose, understand the needs of our community and offer a holistic approach to mental wellness. 

Why This Event
The intention for this event continues with the DAD mission: to support mental wellness through the freedom of driving. We advocate for normalised conversations about mental health and we're proud to bring you this next event which allows us to catch up with mates, relax and reconnect with what bring us happiness. 

See you there! 
We're humbled to offer you another event which will know will serve our community in a way that matters to us most. 
Please feel welcome to share this event with mates and make sure you register asap - places filled quickly for our Summer Drive Day and we know the demand is high again this time. 

Covid Note
We understand the importance of keeping our community safe and managing risks to the best of our ability. DAD will have Covid-19 procedures in place and will ensure that this event meets the relevant restrictions and guidelines for the day. The CovidSafe Event Checklist will be submitted to the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions as required. Once acknowledged as acceptable the Checklist may be viewed here in due course. 

Booking for this event has now closed.