Grandad gives jetski to family

3/02/2017

SUPPORTING a cancer fundraiser has resulted in an unexpected surprise for retiree Ron Macey.
Mr Macey bought two tickets in the Trinity Powersports Sea-Fari jetski art union, and was stunned when he received the phone call that he had won.
“I bought them when it was at Smithfield Shopping Centre – we always support cancer fundraisers because my wife’s had cancer twice,” Mr Macey said.
“I’ve never won anything in my life and then we got this phone call out of the blue last week to say that I’d won,” he said.
Mr Macey won a Sea-Doo GTI 130 jetski, including trailer and 12 months’ registration, donated by Trinity Powersports.
Trinity Powersports product manager Rowland Burns said they were honoured to provide the art union prize.
“We encourage other local businesses to get involved and help those who can benefit from the funds raised for much-needed equipment,” Mr Burns said.
The Trinity Powersports Sea-Fari is a jetski-powered island hop through the Great Barrier Reef’s iconic northern waters – between Yorkeys Knob and Port Douglas, on Australia Day.
Considered one of the most spectacular jetski routes in the world, the event raises money for the Cancer Care Ward at Cairns Hospital, via donations to the Far North Queensland Hospital
Foundation.
Sea-Fari is in memory of Cairns Hospital cancer patient Brian “Unit” Wilson, whose vision for an aquatic fundraising event has generated more than $176,000 since its inception in 2011.
Foundation fundraising and marketing manager Glenys Duncombe said everyone in the community was impacted by cancer.
“This year we had a record number of jetski’s registered at 35, and we raised more than $36,000 which was a great achievement,” Ms Duncombe said.
“It’s really lovely to see the jetski go to someone like Mr Macey and we are assured his grandchildren will make great use of it,” she said.

Photo: Glenys Duncombe and Rowland Burns congratulate Ron Macey and his grandson Luke.

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