The Honda Indy 300 and Queensland V8 Supercar star Steve Ellery have thrown their weight behind an appeal to save the life of a little Brisbane girl, Meggan Jeffcoat.
The three year-old has a rare and deadly heart condition called pulmonary atresia and a fund has been set up to help finance vital operations for Meggan and other young children like her.
A charity auction will be held at the Redcliffe Seabrae Hotel on Wednesday January 24 at 6.30pm to kick-off the fund.
The Honda Indy 300, in conjunction with the Indianapolis-based Patrick Racing team, have provided a four-day pass to this year's event on October 25-28, which includes exclusive entry to the Patrick Racing pits for two people on race day.
The buyers of this item will be provided with team-issue hats and shirts and will have access to team radios, which will allow them to listen to every move by the team and its drivers Jimmy Vasser and Roberto Moreno.
Ellery's Super Cheap Auto Racing Ford team will provide a high-speed hot lap for a fan and a friend at the Queensland Raceway later this year. The passengers will ride at speeds of up to 240kph beside one of this country's most young talented drivers. They will also receive a team shirt and cap which will be personally autographed by Ellery.
The plight of Meggan came to light last week in an article in the Courier Mail in Brisbane, according to Honda Indy 300 Chairman, Mr John Cowley. "When I saw her face last week it was hard not to have some sort of reaction," said Cowley. "We have to thank Patrick Racing for helping us support this worthwhile cause and we hope to get as many motorsport fans as possible to the auction. Being in a Champ Car pit for an entire race is certainly an experience few people will have during their lifetime. "The two recipients will be provided with team gear and get the chance to meet two of the FedEx Series' superstars in Jimmy Vasser and Roberto Moreno."
Ellery, regarded as one of the most talented drivers in the country, will provide the rides in the coming months on a day both convenient for his team and the purchaser.
"I have two children of my own and it was a little hard to ignore Meggan's plight," said Ellery.
"I like to think that the motorsport community is generous one and I hope plenty of fans get along to the auction next week and spend their money. We have sold rides like this before for thousands of dollars and it would be nice to think we could get somewhere near that for this ride - I can assure you it will be something that the buyers will not forget for a long, long time."
Just some of the other items at the auction will include a Don Bradman-signed cricket bat, a trip for 2 to Bali including flights and accommodation at the
Bali Hilton, lunch in camp with Queensland State of Origin team, a Tiger Woods limited edition print from the 2000 US Open and a limited edition Sydney 2000 number plate signed by Grant Hackett.
* For further information regarding this Charity Auction please contact Graeme Lowe at Harcourts Redcliffe on (07) 3283 4699 or 0417 630 865