Photo: Yass Rotary – Cr Kim Turner, John Brassil, Paul Twohill, Marc McRae, Mick Newling and Terry Butler.

The Beyond Blue fundraising rally ‘Beyond the Bitumen’ passed through Yass on Friday, March 25 on the first stop of their four-day rally travelling through the Southern Highlands and Tablelands from Bowral to Nowra via Bega.

Organised by Peter and Trish Fehon, it raises money for Beyond Blue and awareness about the impact of depression and other mental health struggles across Australia.

The pair’s daughter, Beth Maree Fehon, passed away in 2005 when she was 16 changing their world forever. They are passionate in their efforts to raise awareness about depression and suicide and are strong supporters of Beyond Blue.

On Friday about 85 cars and 225 entrants arrived in Yass at noon to be served a well-prepared luncheon by Yass Rotarians before heading off through the outskirts of Canberra to Cooma for an overnight stay.

Trish and Peter said that Rotary is a great supporter of their program, catering for large groups in a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. They look forward to using Yass as a waypoint in future rallies.

Vicki Brassil, Aidenn Cremin, Christine Anderson,Lori Newling, Paul Twohill, Bimbi Turner.

During a break from lunch, local well-known rally fan Peter Beeten presented Trish and Peter with a cheque for $2,000 that was raised in the Yass community over the last year.

Pete’s father, John Beeten or JB as he was well known, was a regular participant in these rallies in his big, black Bat Mobile.

This year’s rally saw a great diversity of vehicles, including the Blues Brothers, a 1964 Ford Mustang, a variety of modern four-wheel drives, one featuring a crew dressed as circus clowns.

Held from Friday to Monday the rally set off from Bong Bong Picnic Racecourse in Bowral, through Taralga before hitting Crookwell then onto Yass for lunch followed by Cooma for an overnight stop.

On Saturday the group headed south out of Cooma driving through classic high altitude grazing country on their way to the coast via Towamba Valley stopping for lunch in Eden before heading to Bega and Merimbula for some country hospitality and an overnight stay.

On Sunday the cars hugged the coast passing through Tathra, Bermagui and Narooma via Central Tilba stopping for lunch at Moruya before tackling the Araluen Road. The group eventually hit the coast at Ulladulla where they host their Sunday Night Awards and Auction Dinner.

Monday morning saw the group head off from the beach through coastal forests for their final taste of dirt road driving inland from Ulladulla and Mollymook arriving in Nowra for lunch before finally heading home.

If you’re interested in participating in next year’s Beyond Bitumen Rally and raising funds for Beyond Blue then head to www.beyondbitumen.com.au for more information.

Trish and Peter Fehon, Peter Beeten, and the Beyond Blue Rep.