Racing to help out sick kids

Gatton Star - - NEWS FUNDRAISER -

AS the sun set over Mur­phys Creek, the race was on to raise vi­tal funds for chil­dren’s health.

The plight of Ry­dar Hinz, and many other sick chil­dren in the Toowoomba Hos­pi­tal, was brought to the fore on Satur­day as about 100 rid­ers sad­dled up to com­pete in the an­nual Fos­sil Downs Bush Bar­rel Races.

It was the sec­ond year the event was held, with all pro­ceeds go­ing to­wards the Toowoomba Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion to improve chil­dren’s health ser­vices.

The event was cre­ated by Mick and Vanessa Hinz af­ter their son, Ry­dar, was di­ag­nosed with Con­gen­i­tal Adrenal Hy­per­pla­sia shortly af­ter birth.

The con­di­tion, which is an in­her­ited dis­or­der of the adrenal gland, means Ry­dar will be on med­i­ca­tion for the rest of his life.

It was a spe­cial night, with more than $2500 raised for the Toowoomba Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion.

Ry­dar even got in on the ac­tion to win the U5 bar­rel race dur­ing the event.

Kristy Banks won the open bar­rel racing class.

LEFT: Tom Hert­zog cleaned-up with five awards in­clud­ing best over­all ute with his Nis­san Navara D40 dur­ing the ute show.

There was plenty of ac­tion at the an­nual Fos­sil Downs Bush Bar­rel Races.

PHO­TOS: TOM THREAD­ING­HAM

Vanessa and Mick Hinz with their son Ry­dar at the an­nual Fos­sil Downs Bush Bar­rel Races.

Brandy Dur­bidge, Marlee Dur­bidge and Lat­teliah De­spirt.

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