American-style barbecue to help a worthy cause

By Liz Mellino

Shepparton's Cheryl Wilson knows all too well the work done by staff at Goulburn Valley Health's children's ward.

At age six her daughter spent a week in isolation at the hospital being treated for meningitis.

While she is now a healthy and happy 17-year-old, Ms Wilson is raising funds for the hospital through Give Me 5 For Kids as a way to thank those who helped her family.

Ms Wilson is part of the Back in Black BBQ group which is hosting a Ribs 4 Kids event in Shepparton next weekend.

Back in Black BBQ will be firing up the smokers at SPC KidsTown on Saturday, October 19, offering American-style low-and-slow meats to raise much-needed funds for the hospital.

“It is a way of helping out and giving back for helping my daughter when she was little,” Ms Wilson said.

Now in its second year, the event is expected to be bigger and better than the last with a Show N Shine car, truck and bike display, live music, market stalls, children's entertainment and raffles.

The low-and-slow barbecue will be serving up traditional American-style meets, including beef briskets, short ribs and pork ribs, along with all the traditional Australian barbecue favourites.

Back in Black BBQ member Ben Gray said a highlight of this year's event would be the Kids Que competition.

“The Kids Que is a barbecue competition for kids aged between four and 16 — it's pretty new in Australia,” he said.

“They will be cooking steak, which we supply, and then Anything on a Stick is our auxiliary category so they can bring anything they want to cook and be as creative as they want.”

Eye-catching cars, trucks and bikes will also be on display throughout the day, with trophies up for grabs for those who take out the top spot in each of the nine categories.

While last year's event raised just under $5000, the Back in Black BBQ group hopes to beat that this year, with 100 per cent of the proceeds raised on the day going towards Give Me 5 For Kids.

The money raised is expected to help fund an isolation bed for premature babies in care at Goulburn Valley Health.

“All the money is going towards the kids ... it's going to be a great day for us, it's going to be very busy. I hope everyone that gets out can really enjoy it,” Mr Gray said.

Ribs 4 Kids is on Saturday, October 19 at SPC KidsTown. Gates open at 9am with a gold coin donation for admission. Show N Shine participant entry is $10 per vehicle.

For more information, visit the Ribs 4 Kids 2019 event page on Facebook.