Drag racing community rallies to help little Jayden

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An auction of unique motorsport items is taking place to help out a young Darwin boy who is hoping to be able to move to Perth to be closer to where he has his medical treatment.

Jayden Hall is a keen motorsport fan and he particularly loves drag racing where he can get closer to the cars and the stars than anywhere else.

Jayden has several medical conditions which can cause him confusion, pain, epileptic attacks, blood noses, heart palpitations, eye sensitivity, coordination problems and difficult with speech, just to name a few of the symptoms.

Currently Jayden has to fly between Darwin and Perth in order to get treatment but with the help of the drag racing community a push is on to help relocated his family to Perth.

Super Sedan racer Andy Kahle said she originally met the family a few years back through Girls Torque Motorsport, with Jayden’s grandmother asking if there were any ladies who would be able to show Jayden their race cars while he was in Perth for treatment.

“It happened to be the Westernationals that weekend and I happened to have a broken car,” Kahle explained. “So I put my hand up and took them both to the Westerns and I took them around to meet all the girl racers.”

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Jayden got introduced to many of the stars of the Motorplex, even getting a cheeky photo with Modified racer Michelle Osborn. He still talks about “his Michelle and her pink car”.

Kahle said she got to know the family a bit better and caught up with them every time they were in Perth.

“Each time I heard stories of her (Jayden’s grandmother) arguing with the ‘system’ about how often they’re allowed to come to Perth versus how often their doctor wants to see Jayden,” she said. “The doctor (said Jayden was) not getting enough therapy (speech, behaviour, coordination), but they just don’t have the resources in Darwin.

“So I asked why they didn’t just move to Perth?”

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Jayden spends a lot of time having to fly between Perth and Darwin for treatment.

The answer was purely financial. The family spends everything they have on making sure Jayden has a life full of learning and experiences and they just didn’t have the funds to move.

Then came the idea of an auction.

“He loves his motorsport and has met many of our drag racers. He collects all the Raceface cards and scans the magazines for people he knows,” Kahle said. “His teacher even uses motorsport as a teaching aid in order to keep him focused.”

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Jayden loves being able to get up close with his drag racing heroes.

It is hoped through the auction that $15,000 can be raised in total to pay for flights, moving and setup in a new house.

“The auction is just one of the options we’ve setup,” Kahle said. “We’ve tried the crowd funding, been on TV, in the newspaper, had raffles, sausage sizzles et cetera, but in the end the motorsport community has been extremely generous with donations of stuff for the auction.”

It is hoped that enough money can be raised to move Jayden before the start of the new school year.

The auction can be viewed here and will stay online as long as it needs to in order to continue raising money for Jayden and his family. It has many unique motorsport items available and not just from drag racing with plenty for the V8 Supercar fan in your life as well.

The crowd funding page is available here and you can follow the progress on Facebook here.

Any help in the following areas would also be greatly appreciated (you can make contact through the Facebook page):

• moving the family’s belongings (including their car) from Darwin to Perth;

• flying the family of three from Darwin to Perth;

• or assisting with finding accommodation for the family (even if it’s just temporary while they find a more permanent rental).


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