We are pleased to announce that we have our two recipients for this year's ride.
The first is 8yo Shanika Thomas from Burnie. Shanika had a very tough
start to life and was on life support and as a result suffered brain
damage and multiple seizures. She has cerebrral palsy and requires a new
Second Skin Body Suit yearly ($2000), She also suffers from
Microcephaly, ADHD, Epilepsy and has both vision and gearing
impairments. She will be flying to Melbourne mid year to have further
surgeries. She will also be receiving an assistance dog soon and all
family, carers and teachers need to be trained in QLD for this.
The second is 7yo Indiana King from Wynyard. Indo suffered a stroke in
the womb. Indi has sice been diagnosed with Epilepsy which at its worst
hit 300 seizures a day, as a result of this she had a right side
hemispherectomy which means she lost the whole right side of her brain.
One of the biggest side effects of the surgery left Indi half blind in
each eye, all before her first birthday. She has since been diagnosed
with Autism, had to have a tendon transfer and calf lengthening surgery
and requires ankle foot orthotics as she grows. Last year she was
diagnosed with Ototoxicity, Scoliosis and adjustment disorder.
Let's all help where we can and raise as many dollars as we can to help
these two families, if you're not taking part in the ride please donate
to one of our wonderful riders (56 so far) or if you would like to
volunteer your help on the day please get in touch so we can find a job