MotoX kicks in for Dan
THE generosity of the Gladstone community comes as no surprise to Derek Horton.
What he couldn't comprehend, though, was the level of support shown by complete strangers when his family needed it most.
"It's amazing. You see it all the time in Gladstone, so it shouldn't really surprise me,'' he said yesterday.
Derek's son, Dan, was seriously injured in a motorbike accident last year which has left him paralysed.
After seven months in Brisbane, both Derek and Dan were able to return home last month thanks to the level of support they received from local friends, businesses and complete strangers willing to raise funds and make improvements to the family home to accommodate Dan's situation.
And the support just keeps coming.
The Gladstone District Dirtriders and Clinton Soccer Clubs have combined their resources to organise a stadium motocross event in Dan's honour on September 17.
All funds raised will go towards the Bring Dan Home Fund set up earlier this year. While final plans are still being made, riders from throughout Queensland are expected to converge on the Gladstone Showgrounds as well as some of Australia's best freestyle riders. Karen Saul from the dirtriders club said the event was being held because it was a way the community could continue to help. "It's a way of giving something back to him and he has a lot of friends in the club,'' she said. "There are a lot of other people involved in putting this event together.''
But she said it was hoped the business community could get behind the event with sponsorship to ensure its success. "We are sending out letters to businesses asking for their support,'' she said.