The ride of their life on the highway to help
COME March next year, Rockhampton's Sam Kingston and her horse Blue will go on the ride of a lifetime.
From Bouldercombe to Brisbane, 28 days of solid riding to be shared between several horses, all for a special young man in dire need of help.
It's been 18 months since speedway rider Darcy Ward was flipped from his bike and onto the safety fence where he sustained significant spinal cord damage.
Tragically, his career was cut short of the cusp of attaining elite status but he still needs help.
Brain child of Kingston's r
ide to Brisbane is speedway fanatic Mick Jackson, desperate to assist Darcy.
"He will never recover back to speedway but he is on the mend," Mick said.
"He works very hard, five days a week in rehab, he sets himself goals each day and one by one achieves them. One day he wants to get into the managerial side of things, one day down the track.
"The crash left him with life-changing injuries. And we want to help him.
"He was a world class rider, under-21 world champ twice and on his way to being world champion. He was the most feared young rider on the planet."
Mick and Sam are seeking all the support they can muster.
It's a tough ask, 28 days on horseback, 40km per day.
"Sam is an accomplished rider luckily but it is a tough ask. 18 ride days and a few rest days," he said.
"(Sam) has been riding since she was three years old, not much she can't do. She used to work on stations mustering cattle, so she will be fine on horseback.
"Ideally we will travel straight down the Bruce Highway but we will be working with police and Main Roads to make it as smooth as possible."
Mick said their campaign had been well received by Darcy's family and that 100% of funds raised would go directly to his rehabilitation.
"If any local businesses want to donate camping gear, then great. We are a bit short. 27 nights of camping won't be easy without good quality gear.
"We hope people can get behind us and donate stuff for us to auction off."
You can contact Mick on 0438 495 115 or Sam Kingston on 0409999622 if you wish to help, or visit the Horsepower for Darcy Facebook page.
The group are always on the lookout for businesses interested in sponsoring the fundraising effort.