V8 DRIVERS START KIDS ENGINES AT TSS SONY FOUNDATION CHILDREN'S HOLIDAY CAMP V8 Supercar drivers Alex Davison, Shane van Gisbergen and Tim Slade along with Armor All Gold Coast 600 staff were on hand at The Southport School today to start the ...
V8 DRIVERS START KIDS ENGINES AT TSS SONY FOUNDATION CHILDREN'S HOLIDAY CAMP
V8 Supercar drivers Alex Davison, Shane van Gisbergen and Tim Slade along with Armor All Gold Coast 600 staff were on hand at The Southport School today to start the engines of the kids involved in the second annual TSS Sony Foundation Children's Holiday Camp.
The Camp pairs year 11 students from The Southport School and St Hilda's as full time 'carers' for children 30 children with physical and intellectual disabilities for a four day camp hosted at TSS with activities scheduled across the five days.
Today's theme was Start Your Engines, and Davison, van Gisbergen and Slade were on hand alongside Davison's IRWIN Racing Falcon and Armor All Gold Coast 600 staff to thrill the camp attendees with their tales of racing and their upcoming Gold Coast adventures.
IRWIN racing driver Alex Davison said he was thrilled to see the looks on the kids faces as they showed them around the car.
"Wow that was pretty cool, the kids loved it!" said Davison.
"They were blown away by the intricacy of the car, and so were we by their reactions to the car and to us being here.
"It has been great to be involved in today's activities for the Holiday Camp, I think it is a great concept and an important one for these kids and their families, and I am really glad we have been able to be a part of it."
SP Tools driver Shane van Gisbergen echoed Davison's sentiments.
"Today has been pretty amazing, the kids loved the car and who would have thought we got to ref them doing some golf buggy racing," said van Gisbergen.
"A big hand has to go to the organisers of this camp, and I hope we get to see some of the kids at the track at the Armor All Gold Coast 600 in four weeks time."
Wilson Security driver Tim Slade was impressed was happy to be a part of the day.
"It has been fantastic to be here today and to show these kids what V8 Supercar racing is all about," said Slade.
"Hopefully we can see some of them at the Gold Coast event in a month's time - time is really drawing short until we hit the streets of the Gold Coast and I just can't wait!"
TSS Sony Foundation Children's Holiday Camp Co-Chairman Steve Bear said the Camp was going well as it entered its final days.
"This year we have 30 students involved in the camp who are paired with students from The Southport School and St Hilda's, and as the third annual event its bigger than ever with the camp now running for four days," said Bear.
"Already we have had a lot of great activities including today's activity with the guys from the Armor All Gold Coast 600 and V8 Supercars and we still have two more days to go!
"I want to send a thank you to all of the people involved with making this camp happen and enabling us to provide much needed respite for the families of these great kids at no cost to them.
"It really is all about helping them while giving our 'carers' and their young charges a better understanding of each others' worlds, and you just have to ask the kids what they think of it, you can't keep the smiles of their faces."
The concept for these holiday camps was established in 1998 as a way to provide a link between children with physical and developmental needs and high school students in mainstream schools. Today, with the ongoing support of The Sony Foundation Australia, these holiday camps have been adopted by more than 20 Australian secondary schools.
The Sony Foundation Australia is the not-for-profit charitable arm of the Sony Group of companies whose aim is to contribute to the advancement of the Australian community by assisting its youth and fostering their talents. Since its creation in 1999, the Sony Foundation Australia has raised more than $13 million dollars, with net proceeds donated to various youth-related charities and causes such as Children's Holiday Camps which it has supported since 1999.
The Armor All Gold Coast 600 will take place on the streets of the Gold Coast from Friday October 22 to Sunday October 24, with just 99 days now remaining until Queensland's premier motorsport event comes to life.
The event will feature 18 international drivers alongside the V8 Supercar stars by day, and 16 International and Australian acts by night, in a continuance of V8 Supercars' highly successful Rock 'n' Race format.
Tickets are now on sale for the Armor All Gold Coast 600, with Friday admission tickets starting from just $49 and three day passes from just $136, with each ticket providing admission to not only the day's racing but also the same night's entertainment line-up at 600 Sounds. Visit ticketek.com.au or call 132 849 for more information or to purchase.