Riders, businesses chip in for Henry

PRIZE: Members of Whyalla Organised Rides with the car donated by McLeods Motor Company for the Lucky Squares draw. The car will be fitted with new tyres by Steel City Tyres.
PRIZE: Members of Whyalla Organised Rides with the car donated by McLeods Motor Company for the Lucky Squares draw. The car will be fitted with new tyres by Steel City Tyres.

Whyalla Organised Rides will rally around Henry Larwood, a young boy living with a rare form of Cerebral Palsy, when they host a fundraiser with the 086 Group on January 26.

Henry and his family will be forced to travel to America for life-changing Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) surgery performed by world-renowned neurosurgeon Dr T.S. Park.

Starting at 12pm and ending at 12am, the fundraiser will be held at the 086 Shed on Keith Street and will feature a spit-roasted meat for dinner at the cost of $20 a plate.

WOR member Randall Hickey said the surgery was extremely important for the family as it may help Henry, who is 7 years old, to walk unaided.

​Fellow member Darrel Risborg said the group were keen to ‘jump on board’ and support the family to cover medical costs.

“Everyone is welcome to attend the event, the venue we’re having it at is family-orientated. The Wetlands are right next to us, so the kids can run around,” he said.

Unfortunately the Larwood family will be in America for the surgery on the same day of the fundraiser, by Henry’s father Tim Larwood said they were ‘humbled’ by the support from WOR, the 086 Group and the sponsors chipping in.

“Malcolm McLeod, Darrel Risborg and Randall Hickey have been the driving force behind the idea, they’ve been phenomenal,” he said.

“Being in America we won’t have the opportunity to extend our gratitude personally but we’ve certainly kept in contact with them.”

Lucky squares will be available for purchase for a chance to win a car donated by McLeods Motor Company and fitted with new tyres by Steel City Tyres.

Other local businesses are supporting by donating prizes for the Lucky squares, with Harry’s Camping donating a Charmate cooker with an added-on smoke box and Leading Edge Jewellers supplying a Workman’s Watch.

Entertainment on the day/night will be provided by the duo of Emily Rawlings and Graeme Stephenson known as EM-ME. Children’s entertainment will also be available during the day.

The WOR will be running a sausage sizzle/charcoal chicken day at Harry’s Camping on Friday from 12pm to 2pm and at McLeod’s Motor Company next Wednesday at the same time to raise funds for the cause.

The sausage sizzles are being supported by Essington Lewis Foodland who are donating bread, firelighters sauce and charcoal, Azzopardi Butchers who are donating sausages and hamburgers, PFD Foods who are supplying kransky’s and Carve N Cut supplying chicken.

Only 70 seats will be available on the night, to register your attendance or buy a lucky square visit the 086 Shed on Thursday nights from 6pm or Saturdays from 12pm.