Racing stars rally to help South Australian toddler
The greater Australian motorsport community has moved to support a South Australian three-year-old stricken with a rare form of terminal brain disease.
Noah Hopkins suffers from Leukodystrophy which sees symptoms that includes decreased motor function, muscle rigidity and a degeneration of sight and hearing.
A black tie dinner will be held at the West Adelaide Football Club tonight (April 2) to raise funds for the toddler.
Motorsport photographer Ash Budd has rallied to the cause helping to co-ordinate several key items from the V8 Supercars fraternity that will go up for auction at the dinner.
“The response from the motorsport fraternity has been terrific and it is still coming,” Budd said.
“Now we just need to have the motorsport fans around Australia get on to Facebook and put in their bids.”
Among the motorsport items up for grabs is the pair of race boots that Scott McLaughlin used in his first ever V8 Supercar win at Pukekohe in the GRM Fujitsu Holden in 2013.
The talented young Kiwi has also provided a pair of race-worn gloves from his first season in a Volvo last year.
A growing list of items also includes Scott Pye’s autographed 2014 DJR Racing Boots and Gloves, a Nissan Racing Polo signed by Rick Kelly, some Casey Stoner signed memorabilia and a large V8 merchandise pack with a shirt signed by Garth Tander and James Courtney.
There is also an extensive list of items from other fields and sports including a Don Bradman signed cricket bat and a bottle of 2006 Penfolds Grange Hermitage.
Noah is the son of Robert Hopkins and Danielle Perrin and younger brother of six year-old Riley Perrin.
Fans can bid on the silent auction items through a dedicated Facebook page www.facebook.com/fundraisingfornoah that has been set up for the three-year-old.
See below for full list of non-motorsport items:
*RAAF Framed Australian Flag flown through conflict zones in Iraq and the UAE by a C-17 and C-13 Hercules
*2006 Bottle of Grange (value $600)
*Don Bradman Signed Cricket Bat
*Mike Hussey Signed Bat
*Australian Cricket Shirt Signed by Callum Ferguson
*Glen Maxwell Signed Kookaburra cricket bat
*Adam Gilchrist Signed Memorabilia.
*2 x Signed Shane Warne Mini Cricket Bats.
*Adelaide Strikers Shirt Signed by Current Team.
*Redbacks Shirt Signed by Current Team.
*Signed Adelaide Crows Guernsey
*Signed Adelaide Crows Football
*Signed Port Power Guernsey
*Carlton Guernsey signed by Rising Star Dylan Buckley
*Brisbane Lions Merchandise Pack
*Signed Guernsey from North Adelaide Football Club (SANFL)
*Signed Adelaide Bite Shirt, 2 x Hats & Signed Baseball
*Signed Adelaide 36ers Singlet and Basketball
*Signed Adelaide Thunderbirds Netball Top
*Fulham FC Guernsey Signed by Mark Schwarzer
*Signed Adelaide United Female Guernsey and Soccer Ball
*Signed Adelaide United Male Guernsey and Soccer Ball
*Full Financial Plan (Value $1650) from Proper Financial Advice
*2 Night Stay at Barmera Hotel x 4 with Golf & Food
*Fishing Charter – Go Get’Em Fishing Charters
*Neutrametics Basket (value $570 )
*$500 Voucher from GW Caroma Bathroom products
*Laserlight Electrical Basket with $1000 of electrical products