Zenith Ayres, 6, receives $3000 from Racehorse social club members Mark Wolfsbauer and Brendan Hughes for medical expenses.
Zenith Ayres, 6, receives $3000 from Racehorse social club members Mark Wolfsbauer and Brendan Hughes for medical expenses. Sarah Harvey

Mates' noble gesture is a boy's lifeline

THE kindness of strangers will take some of the load off a family that faces a daily struggle in caring for a boy with disabilities.

Construction worker Ciaron Ayres has paid tribute to a modest group of mates from Booval's Racehorse Hotel, who used meat tray raffle proceeds to help pay for his son's medical treatment.

Racehorse Leisure Club members Brendan Hughes and Mark Wolfsbauer handed over $3000 to the Ayres family last Saturday.

Six-year-old Zenith Ayres was born with Down's syndrome and Perthes disease, a rare combination that has resulted in the youngster battling both physically and mentally.

Mr Ayres said his son required regular physiotherapy and speech therapy, which was expensive.

"Perthes disease inhibits blood flow to the hip joint - it got so bad that Zenith could hardly walk," he said.

The family has only been able to afford one session of speech therapy per month up to now, but will use the donation to increase the lessons to once a week.

"The day he calls me dad will be one of the best of my life - I've been waiting six years to hear it,' Mr Ayres said.

Racehorse Leisure Club member Brendan Hughes said meat tray raffles were held every Saturday afternoon since last September.

"The group started out as a bit of a joke, but then a few of the boys started to take it more seriously," he said.

"We're really just a bunch of riff-raff who decided to do something better with our time than sit around drinking and telling stories."

Mr Ayres said the social club was doing a great thing.

"They are really hard working, down to earth guys and in some ways you can't put it into words how you feel about people like that," he said.



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