Eli Honeysett is one step closer to tearing it up in his 4×4 wheelchair alongside members of the Eketahuna Lawnmower Racing Club after their fundraiser two weekends ago.
Four years ago, the nine-year-old Kahutara farm boy was struck down by Acute Flaccid Myelitis which left him paralysed from the neck down and unable to breathe on his own.
In July, Keinzley Agvet announced plans to help raise the $45,000 needed to buy him a 4×4 wheelchair which would allow him to more actively participate on life on the farm.
Eketahuna Lawnmower Racing Club member Alan Gray said he knew Honeysett should be the focus of the club’s fundraising campaign at the Wairarapa A and P Show..
“The lawnmower club is all about fundraising,” he said.
“We do it for a cause to raise money and have a bit of fun.”
The club raised $856 from spectators coming to watch them race over the weekend and from half of the competitors fees.
Dressed in superhero costumes, they presented Honeysett with a certificate alongside the funds.
“We do it to put a smile on everyone’s faces. Kids love it,” Gray said.
The club started fundraising a little over a year ago with just one lawnmower but has grown to include more than 20 members.
Keinzley Agvet is also well on its way to achieving its goal, having raised $30,000 to date.