Young guns bring joy to the kids 17 July, 2003 - Prior to this weekend's action at Queensland Raceway Ford KartStars graduate, Adam Graham and fellow Ford Racing Australian Formula Ford Championship competitor, Brett Francis visited the Royal...
Young guns bring joy to the kids
17 July, 2003 - Prior to this weekend's action at Queensland Raceway Ford KartStars graduate, Adam Graham and fellow Ford Racing Australian Formula Ford Championship competitor, Brett Francis visited the Royal Childrens Hospital in Brisbane today.
Accompanying the pair to the hospital was a U-Drive Formula Ford which brought a smile to the ill children's faces and also enabled them to climb aboard a Formula Ford, many for the first time.
While Francis is one of the most experienced Formula Ford drivers in Australia competing for several years both here in Australia and overseas Graham is at the other end of the scale in his "Rookie" year of Formula Ford.
Only last year Graham was competing in the Ford Racing Australia supported KartStars series where by virtue of finishing second he was rewarded with the assistance from the series and it's supporters to move into the Formula Ford Championship.
The KartStars graduate brought extra smiles to the kid's faces when he handed out Super Cheap Auto posters, stickers and hats to make it a memorable occasion for all.
"The smiles on the kids faces are unbelievable they make you feel better and I hope that it really gives them a lift as well and with the support of Super Cheap Auto I was able to give them something to remember it by," said Graham.
"To be able to give them the opportunity to get up close to a real racecar is great as with them being stuck inside a hospital when all this motorsport is in town would really suck."
One such patient is Bronson Hose who climbed aboard the Formula Ford after making the trek down from his ward "This is cool" was the only words that Bronson said when he displayed a beaming smile.
Also taking a well-earned break from the every day routine was the students at the Royal Childrens Hospital School. The school caters for both Primary and High school both patients and also siblings of patients who may be either in hospital in for a short or long term stay.
"It really brightens their day and gives them a bit of a break from the normal everyday routine and they will talk about this all day long, you'd be surprised how much these kids will remember," said school teacher Jan Mackay.
"The school will now try and use the visit from the guys as a part of one of our lessons this afternoon."
Graham followed their outside display with a visit to the Queensland cancer fund oncology ward to bring some more joy to the patients who were unable to head outside to see the car.
Both drivers will compete in the fifth round of the Ford Racing Australian Formula Ford Championship at Queensland Raceway over the weekend while this year's KartStars drivers will compete at the adjacent Willowbank Kart circuit in the third round of this years Series on Saturday afternoon with the final to be held under lights at approximately 7pm.
Willowbank Karting Raceway is located adjacent to the Queensland Raceway 1km off Cunningham Highway (Highway 15) on Champions Way, WILLOWBANK.