Supercar team Erebus Motorsport have donated $2000.00 to the Strength For 91 fundraiser for Aussie BMX star Sam Willoughby, in lieu of an extravagant launch to their 2017 season. The donation continues Erebus’ support of…
Supercar team Erebus Motorsport have donated $2000.00 to the Strength For 91 fundraiser for Aussie BMX star Sam Willoughby, in lieu of an extravagant launch to their 2017 season.
The donation continues Erebus’ support of Willoughby, which was first made public last October, when the Melbourne-based outfit displayed ‘Strength For 91’ decals on the rear boot of star driver David Reynolds car at the Bathurst 1000.
Following the race the team auctioned off the boot and donated all the funds to Willoughby.
Pic courtesy Erebus Motorsport
Team owner Betty Klimenko presented her teams most recent donation to Willoughby’s father Colin last Thursday, saying that she simply wanted to help benefit someone else.
“I once said ‘I’d rather invest the money that we would spend on a launch, into something that benefits someone else’, and this is no different,” Klimenko said.
“When we heard about Sam and his condition, we wanted to support in any way we could.
“We did our part last year and we will continue doing so.”
The New Year began on a positive note for Willoughby after he returned to his San Diego home to continue his rehabilitation. In the time since he has made significant process, as documented in an interview with The Advertiser earlier this month.
Upon receipt of the cheque from Klimenko, Colin Willoughby told Erebus about his son’s progress in recent weeks, highlighting the use of a static bike during physio sessions.
“Since getting home, he’s been working with a physiotherapist three time a week, then has a home gym set up for the alternate days,” Colin Willoughby said.
“His upper body is coming along really well, and his core is getting a lot stronger; he’s also now able to stand and has started to get some good spasms in his legs.
“Two weeks ago, he was able to get on the static bike and hold himself balanced, his brother Matt and physiotherapist Eric were able to turn his legs and get him started, then he was able to get a little bit of push by himself.
“It’s been a good boost to be home and in his own environment; just over Christmas I was over there, and got his lift set up, built the ramps and got the bathroom renovated, so he’s now got that independence.”
He also praised all those that have donated to Strength For 91, making particular note of the efforts of Erebus not only in raising funds, but also helping to lift Sam’s spirit.
“The donations have been a huge help, and he’s moving a lot quicker than everyone thought,” Willoughby added.
“The relationship with Erebus has given him a real boost, he got a real buzz from watching the car go around with his stickers on the back and really appreciates everything that’s been done for him.”
Donations to the Strength For 91 movement can still be made at this link: https://road2recovery.com/cause-view/strengthfor91/
Updates on Willoughby’s condition can also be found at the above link, or by following his fiancé, Olympic BMX silver medallist Alise Post, on Facebook – CLICK HERE.