Number 26- Help a Stranger: Tania’s Hot-lap

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Following are a series of blog posts telling the incredible story of Tarns…

June 16th, 2011…

One of our newest campaigners to join up is a lovely lady called Tarns. Tarns sent me her list yesterday and it’s the perfect example of how someone’s list can be as simple as just 3 things:

1- Swim with Dolphins
2- Ride a Jet Ski
3- Have a Hot-Lap in a V8 Super Car

Having ticked off the first item from her list when she swam with dolphins in March last year, Tarns is now turning her attention to the remaining 2 items; riding a jet ski and going for a hot-lap in Ford V8 Supercar at Bathhurst. Now although these items may seem fairly straight forward for your average person, they actually hold a huge challenge to Tarns due to the fact she’s been confined to a wheel chair since birth. The problem clearly is not finding a jet-ski for example, it’s finding someone willing to take her out.

Tania and a strange animal…

Suffering from Spinabifida, Tarns is unable to walk but this has not stopped her from chasing her goals. At the end of the day, she knows that anything is possible.

Over a brief conversation on the phone this afternoon, I promised Tarns that we’d somehow get these items ticked off from her list and as a first step I thought I’d write about her story. If you’re reading this now and you think that you might be able to help with either of Tarns’ remaining two items, please email me on We’d appreciate any help with this one! 

Of course if I had either a jet-ski or a Ford V8 Supercar I’d take her for a spin today, but sadly I don’t.

June 17th, 2011…

It’s days like these that make me want to live till I’m 100 years old.

Yesterday on the Campaigners Page I introduced you to Tarns, a lovely lady who’d identified one of her life goals as wanting to get a hot-lap in a FORD V8 Supercar. Confined to a wheel chair and also being recently diagnosed with a serious heart condition (she only shared that with me on the phone today!), Tarns faces many challenges on a daily basis but all of these she stays on top of.

Wanting to help and reassuring Tarns that we’d make her goal become a reality, I decided to include her story on my Facebook page yesterday as a way of testing the water, so to speak. Of course less than 5 hours after posting the story, a lady by the name of Kel sent us a message.

Kel as it turns out works for the Dick Johnson Racing (a Ford V8 team) and immediately offered her help! To cut a long story short, Tarns will now be picked up from her house in August and taken for a hot-lap at the Ipswich race track by Dick Johnson’s son. Not only this but Tarns will get to meet the entire team who are currently competing in the Australian V8 Supercar Championship!

Dick Johnson Race Car #1

It goes without saying that Kel; you’re a legend, and both Tarns and I appreciate your generosity in making her dream a reality. It just goes to show that once you put your thoughts down on paper and throw yourself at an identified goal, anything is possible!
August 23rd, 2011…

Tania Achieves Life Goal!

After months of anticipation, today is the day that Tania will be stepping into the car and completing her hot-lap and I just want to say a big congratulations to Tania for her newly found zest for life! It is inspiring.

On that note I’d also like to thanks the team from Dick Johnson Racing, including Kel C who initially reached out having read the Facebook post.

It’s moments like this that make this journey worth it! I truly believe that one of the most important things in life lays in the strength of community.

I’m now waiting for the post-lap phone call fro Tania and will update you guys ASAP with her reaction and photos!

August 24th, 2011…

Our Amazing Campaigner Tania

You probably know from reading yesterdays blog that one of our most motivated campaigners by the name of Tania got whisked around the Ipswich Raceway in Dick Johnson V8 Supercar. By doing so she ticked off one of her life dreams.


Of course this is a huge moment for Tania, a lady who suffers from Spinabifida, and to speak with her on the phone moments after her ride was amazing. So much energy and enthusiasm in fact that I could barely understand her!

I also just noticed that Tania even made the official V8 Supercar website with a great little article! Hats off to you Tania!

I think though the funniest thing by far was though was the fact that in the article I got referred to as an “entrepreneur”! I guess my cheque is in the post? haha

Footage from yesterday’s The Circle interview (Feb 22nd, 2012) where I surprised Tania live on air !


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