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27 July, 2021

Race club rallies behind the Dunn’s

LOOKING to repay years of support, the Mareeba Motorcycle Club will be hosting a special race day on Sunday, August 15 with all proceeds going to Kevin and Lucy Dunn of Mareeba Yamaha, longtime supporters and friends of the club.

By Rhys Thomas

Kevin and Lucy Dunn from Performance Motors with worker and president of the Mareeba Motorcycle Club Kim Grothues who will be hosting a special race day raising funds for the Dunn’s.

LOOKING to repay years of support, the Mareeba Motorcycle Club will be hosting a special race day on Sunday, August 15 with all proceeds going to Kevin and Lucy Dunn of Mareeba Yamaha, longtime supporters and friends of the club. 

Nearly a month ago Kevin and Lucy’s workshop which was attached to their Mareeba Yamaha business, Performance Motors, was burnt down in a youth crime arson incident. 

Since the Dunn’s lost their workshop they have received a tremendous amount of community support, from friends and strangers alike. 

Due to the support and encouragement Kevin and Lucy have received, they were able to secure a temporary location and start operating just days after the fire. 

Kevin and Lucy have always supported the Mareeba Motorcycle Club and have been on hand to help at the “drop of a hat.”

“With Performance Motors, Mareeba Yamaha, Kevin and Lucy, anything that needed to be done at the track, it was done at the drop of a hat,” Mareeba Motorcycle Club president Kim Grothues said. 

“I thought why can’t we do something for them at the drop of a hat. 

“For people that have really got the communities best interests at heart… this is just a really small way of saying thanks and supporting them as they have supported us.” 

Mr Grothues also works for Kevin and Lucy at Performance Motors and has expressed his distress at the “heartbreaking” situation. 

“To see something like this happen to such nice people, it’s just heartbreaking,” he said. 

“Even if it’s just something small we can do, we’re happy to do it as a way of saying thanks. 

“Basically everything we get we can hopefully give to Kevin and Lucy, compared to what they lost this is just a small drop in the ocean.” 

Mrs Dunn has made a point to personally thank each and every person that has offered their support during this trying time and wants to reiterate the fact that they are very grateful for the continued support they receive. 

“We had lots of people coming in to help us move stuff, different businesses dropping in and just offering their help,” she said. 

“A lot of people get the perception that insurance covers everything but you’ve built up a business for 25 years, not only do you lose all your spanners but you’ve lost your life,” Mr Dunn added. 

“25 years of blood, sweat and tears that you build up to hopefully leave something for your kids or leave something for your retirement, we’ve got absolutely nothing,” Mrs Dunn continued. 

“It took us 25 years to build up the business and within 25 minutes she was done and dusted, it’s devasting and heartbreaking.” 

Both Kevin and Lucy have expressed their utmost gratitude and thanks to everyone who has supported them through this difficult time, including the Mareeba Motorcycle Club.

All proceeds from the special race day will be going directly to the Dunn’s as they still reel from the incident and try to fully get back on their feet.

Numerous businesses from around town have been offering up items and vouchers for the club to raffle off during the event.

Motorcycling Queensland has even jumped on board saying that they will help foot the costs of the nomination fees on the day, the race day is set to start around 8am with presentations hoping to be done at 2pm. 

You do not have to be a member of the Mareeba Motorcycle Club to get on the track and raise funds for the Dunn’s, all you need is a MA license. 

For more information keep an eye on the Mareeba Motorcycle Club’s Facebook page.


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