Motorcycle club rallies around terminally ill Lyla
IF YOU'RE driving past Aussie World on Sunday morning don't be afraid.
The hundreds of bikers you're likely to see riding in formation mean no harm. In fact, quite the opposite.
They'll be on a mission to try and raise about $10,000 for terminally ill Coast toddler Lyla Van Jole.
The Sons of the Southern Cross Motorcycle Club have banded together only three months after the death of their president Steve 'Towball' Fitzsimons in a horror Bruce Hwy crash to help raise funds for the Van Jole family.
Lyla suffers from the rare Peroxisomal Disorder, a genetic condition neither of her parents Bec or Kieran knew they were carrying.
Two other healthy young daughters, aged nine and three left the young Caloundra couple unassuming or even aware that their youngest daughter was at risk.
The disorder means her liver doesn't function properly meaning her blood doesn't clot and she can't process sugars, proteins or fats.
It's almost a certainty Lyla won't live beyond 10 and it's unlikely she'll live to reach school-age.
The Sunshine Coast Falcons rallied around the family on July 9 and this Sunday the region's motorcycling community will do their bit to help raise money to assist with ongoing medical bills and hopefully enable Kieran to take some time off work to spend some precious, limited time with Lyla.
Sons of the Southern Cross MC Sunshine Coast president 'Cottie' said the club was proud to carry on Towball's legacy of being extremely generous when it came to community causes, charities and fundraising efforts.
He said he'd met Lyla's dad Kieran when towing his car one day and had forged a friendship with him and when he learned of Lyla's condition, it made sense for the club to help out.
He said they were hoping to have 500 riders roll out on Sunday and had targeted a figure of about $10,000 to raise.
The club will be holding a dice run, the 'Roll For Lyla', departing Aussie World at 9.30am and finishing at the Duporth Tavern where there'll be an afternoon of lunch and live music.
The dice run sees riders roll dice upon registration, and whatever score they roll they keep.
At each stop, which will be in Pomona, Boreen Point and finally the Duporth Tavern, riders roll again and the highest score wins a $500 BP voucher from GJC Civil, among a heap of other prizes on offer.
Lyla's mother, Bec, said she was still in shock at the amount of community support her family was receiving.
"It ($10,000 raised) would make a big difference," she said.
She said as long as Lyla was feeling up to it on Sunday she planned on enjoying the whole day, but Bec was less committal about hopping on a bike.
"I'm a bit scared of the bikes," she said with a laugh.
Raffles are being held at each stop of the ride with all riders and clubs welcome to join the recreational club on their fundraising ride, with a $20 entry fee for each bike and 100% of funds raised going to the Van Jole family.
Registration for the ride starts at 8.30am this Sunday at Aussie World and the ride will go ahead regardless of the weather.