LONG HAUL: Supporters of Darcy Ward have united behind the speedway racing star, who is facing a long recovery from spinal injuries.
LONG HAUL: Supporters of Darcy Ward have united behind the speedway racing star, who is facing a long recovery from spinal injuries. Andrew Korner

Country ride gets behind battling Ipswich speedway racer

FAMILY and friends of Darcy Ward are again calling on Ipswich to band together for the seriously injured speedway racer.

The Ride for Darcy will take off from the Royal Mail Hotel in Goodna this Saturday, heading to the Kalbar Hotel for a sausage sizzle before returning to the Royal Mail for an afternoon of live music.

Organisers are hoping for up to 100 motorcycle riders and hotrod drivers to take part and help raise funds that will prove vital in Darcy's recovery from major spinal damage.

Darcy was injured in a high-speed accident while racing in Poland on August 23.

He spent some time in a Polish hospital before being flown to a hospital in London, where he has spent the last few months.

Although some of the movement in his hands has returned, doctors are unsure of whether or not Darcy will walk again.

Father George Ward, who has recently returned to Australia after spending time in the English hospital, said his ultimate goal was to raise the $1 million required to fly his son back to Australia.

"His spirits are high but he understands he has a spinal injury," Mr Ward said.

"He is doing five hours of physio a day, five days a week. In terms of the outcome, we don't know, but Darcy knows he will just have to adapt and move on."

Friends of the Ward family have been busy since the accident happened, with friends of Darcy chipping in with fundraisers, while friends of George helped raise money to keep his business going while he was overseas.

One of Darcy's sponsors, Loosekid, has also raised money to aid in the rider's treatment, while in Goodna, the Royal Mail Hotel has been collecting money for several weeks.

"Every little bit counts," Mr Ward said.

This Saturday's ride gets underway at 11am, returning to the Royal Mail at 2pm.

There are heaps of lucky draw prizes to win. All bikes and hotrods are welcome to register from 10am on the day.

Entertainment at the Royal Mail, featuring the Barry Charles Duo and Andrew Baxter Band, will start 1pm. For more information, phone 3288 2213.

There is also an online site for donations. Visit youcaring.com and search Darcy Ward.



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