Not all superheroes wear capes, not all BMX legends ride bikes.
Ballarat Sebastopol BMX Club recently held the inaugural Dawn Cartledge Memorial Clubby, a fundraising tribute to the memory of Ms Cartledge who passed away following a five-year cancer battle.
All up the club raised $1200 and presented it to the Gandarra Pallative Care Unit, where Ms Cartledge – one of the BMX club’s most ardent supporters – spent her final week.
Speaking with local publication The Courier, Ballarat Sebastopol BMX membership coordinator Danielle Pompe praised the efforts of the Cartledge family over the years, saying that the club was in a better place due to their unwavering support.
“This was our contribution as a club because we are all like family,” Ms Pompe said.
“Dawn was a loving mother, a loving wife, and a loving grandmother to all of her grandkids. The three boys [Jake Gamble, Jaydn Cartledge and Ash Gamble] still ride (with us) and whenever we have opens or a clubby the whole family pitch on…and Dawn was always there to back her grandkids.”
Ms Cartledge and her family would regularly provide services that ranged from security to organising barbeques and running the canteen.
Off the back of the inaugural event, Pompe continued that the memorial event will become an annual fixture, with funds raised set to go to differing Ballarat-based causes. However, it was the Pallative care unit that deserved to be top of the pecking order.
“We are looking at having the Dawn Cartledge Memorial Clubby every year, where money will go to causes based in Ballarat, such as the kids’ ward,” she continued.
“Gandarra was amazing to the family and to Dawn in her last week, so this is just the way we wanted to help and we’re just proud to be part of a group that has donated money to a worthy cause.”
In addition to the club event, Ballarat Plant Sales donated a tree that was planted in her memory with a plaque at the club’s track – an nod to Ms Cartledge’s love of baking and gardening.