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|Crowds gather for the Metal Mulisha demos in Wagga Wagga to benefit residents affected by recent flooding in the area.|
In March of 2012, flooding in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales and surrounding areas forced state officials in Australia to declare the area a disaster zone as flood waters destroyed everything in their path. By March 7, almost 9000 people had been forced from their homes by the flood -- the worst in almost 160 years according to reports. The past month has been tough for Wagga Wagga and the surrounding areas. It has forced everyone to come together and help rebuild. While the residents and state officials are doing their best, help was and is still needed.
In an effort to help raise funds and spirits for those affected, a group called Wagga Massive organized a fundraising event in Wagga Wagga. Wagga Massive, a community group formed by Doug Pinnock, was established as a voice for the community and has provided community assistance when needed in the area. Joining the Wagga Massive in the effort was the Metal Mulisha, a BMX team, mini moto, and countless musical acts for the all day event.
Once the Metal Mulisha and friends took the the ramps in Paramore Park at the Equex Centre, the likes of Jackson Strong, Rob Adelberg, Truman Caroll and friends entertained the crowds with a number of FMX demos. The demos were complimented by musical acts and BMX team demos all day long. The event was a fundraiser for Wagga and the surrounding areas who were effected by damaging flood waters a little over a month ago. Ash Will of Aussie Adrenaline was on hand to capture the action as it unfolded.
|SRH Australian rider Aaron Guthrie.|
Event planner, Doug Pinnock, was thrilled with the event's success. "Everyone came from far and wide to put this massive event on to say thank you to the underprivileged kids that helped me so much through the mass evacuation. It was a world class FMX display by some of the best riders in the world. We added in some of the best performers in the music industry and finished it off with a bang from Sinister Fireworks with an 11-minute show that lit up the sky. It was all to raise money for the flood affected families throughout our region."
SRH Australian rider Aaron Guthrie was pumped to be a part of the cause. "Great event, great riding, and an all round great day to help some people in need. It was really good to ride with all the boys throwing down a show to raise money. I was pumped on being able to help by putting on a show for the Wagga Wagga locals!"
Videographer Ash Will had this to say about the event, "The Wagga Massive event went down a treat. With Metal Mulisha riders Jacko Strong, Rob Adelberg and Truman Carroll, there were no disappointments. All the boys threw down their biggest tricks for the fans and kept them hypnotized. Alongside the FMX there was BMX, mini bikes and bands all thrown into the mix which really put the icing on the cake. The day was a complete success and they managed to raise a lot of funds for the flood victims of Wagga."
Wagga Massive continues to provide flood relief for the area residents.