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2023 DAD Autumn Drive Day with Berwick Ford ** FULLY BOOKED **
This event is now fully booked and closed for registrations. We’d love to see you for our Winter Drive Day on Sunday 30th July 2023. Please CLICK HERE to register you place!
In partnership with our good friends and long term supporters at Berwick Ford, we are excited to announce our Autumn drive to be held on Sunday 23rd April, 2023. Registration for this drive is now open!
If you’d like to attend the drive, it would be greatly appreciated if you could donate, then register your details in the below form. The event terms and conditions can be found at the bottom of this page.
*If you’re interested in supporting this event as a DAD Local Legend – please let us know in the “Additional Comments” section on the below form. 🙂
What Happens at a DAD Drive Day?
For our community, driving is freedom. The focus DAD events are always connection and community.
We use driving and the shared enthusiasm for cars and great roads as our way of connecting and escaping downward emotional spirals. We know that connection is vital for mental wellbeing – whether that’s connection with mates, with hobbies, or with ourselves.
DAD drive days offer the ideal judgement-free opportunity for all-important connection and community, and hold the intention to normalise mental health problems and mental illness, promote conversations around these and offer pathways for seeking further support.
Registered participants are provided with the drive route, navigation notes and full event details ahead of the day. Drive days begin with a morning briefing (and optional but much welcomed coffee!) where we come together to chat through the drive plan and hear from one of our Mental Wellness Network specialists.
After briefing we head off to our morning tea point by following the event drive route. Hard copy navigation notes are provided for those who prefer this format and are sharing the drive with a mate, we also offer electronic mapping for solo drivers or those who’d prefer to focus on the driving and the conversation rather than course notes.
At morning tea we take a break and have a chat, then continue on to our finish point and group lunch. Lunch is the end to the set drive route, everyone takes their own pace at lunch and makes their way home when ready. This allows enough time to enjoy the day and still be home for a Sunday evening relax or to prepare for the week ahead.
What DAD Drive Days are Not
Competitive, timed, driven in strict convoy or exclusive.
DAD isn’t a club, it’s a community. Please don’t feel you need to have a particular model or age of car to attend – if you love it, bring it.
Our drive days are strictly social and non-competitive. We use open roads and carefully plan our drive routes to make them as safe and logical as possible, while using engaging roads with new scenery for a great day out.
We advocate for using DAD drive days as an inclusive environment to start your mental health conversation where you feel comfortable to do so, however DAD drive days are not a crisis service and keeping everyone safe on the road is of utmost importance.
Ready? Let’s Drive!
Registrations are now open for our 2023 Autumn Drive Day in partnership with Berwick Ford.
When: Sunday 23rd April 2023
Approximate Time: Briefing to commence at 9:30am.
Arrival is welcome any time from 8:45am. The coffee van will be ready!
We aim to finish with arrival at lunch around 1:30pm.
Location: Starting from Berwick Ford – 749 Princes Highway, Berwick
Morning Tea: Approximately 11:00am at Kongwak Market.
Lunch: The Inlet Hotel. 3- 5 The Esplanade, Inverloch. Lunch is available to be ordered individually upon arrival. The menu may be viewed here. Please indicate in your registration if you are intending to join us for lunch so we can book accordingly.
A Ford for a Weekend
It’s winner’s choice for this fantastic prize!
The winner will be able to utilise a Berwick Ford vehicle for a weekend (Friday afternoon to Monday morning) and choose between a Ranger Wildtrak, Everest Sport or Everest Platinum!
2 x $30 Lunch Vouchers
Two winners will receive a $30 voucher to contribute towards their lunch at The Inlet Hotel. Utilise this at lunch after our drive, or enjoy it another day with an additional visit to Inverloch.
Tickets for Sale
Grab your raffle tickets when you arrive for registration, we’ll have DAD stickers available too.
Raffle tickets are $5 each or three tickets for $12. Cash and card payments are welcomed.
We are seeking two Event Legends to volunteer for this event. This might involve selling raffle tickets at briefing, helping welcome participants upon arrival or setting up the DAD flag, etc., plus any other way in which you might like to contribute! Please reach out via firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to support this event.
We look forward to cruising together!