23 MAR 2021
Randle takes Peter Mac on track at Sandown
Tickford Racing co-driver Thomas Randle hosted the ONTrac at Peter Mac Victorian Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Service on Monday at Sandown Raceway, giving adolescent cancer patients and survivors guest rides in the No. 44 Boost Mobile Ford Mustang and donating to the cause focused on treating and curing cancer. Randle, the 2020 Dunlop Super2 Series champion, is in remission from testicular cancer that was discovered in early 2020, and has quickly taken up the opportunity to support ONTrac at Peter Mac.
"We had an amazing opportunity to offer a hot lap to 20 young adults who are part of the ONTrac Youth Cancer Centre Program at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne," Randle said. "They're 15 to 25 year olds who are going through massive challenges, have gone through or are about to go through some big challenges related to cancer, so for me it was a great way to give back to the people at Peter MacCallum. They were fundamental in treating me over the last 12 or so months through my journey, that's where I had all my chemotherapy done, that's where my surgeon is based, and the ONTrac program is really good for young adults and adolescents who are diagnosed with any cancer."
In a special day for all, each of the young adults with similar stories to Randle rode shotgun with the 24-year old at speeds up to 260kph around the Melbourne circuit, all of its guests stepping out of the car thrilled from the experience. Tickford Racing co-owner Rusty French, who has long supported Randle's racing career, also made a donation to the ONTrac at Peter Mac program, a statewide service which provides a variety of assistances to adolescents and young adults undergoing cancer treatment.
"We just felt it was a great way to give back to them, and I have to thank my parents for helping organise it, to Tickford for making it happen, and also to Castrol who organised a bit of a show bag with Tickford with jumpers and caps and other goodies. To top it off Rusty French gave a generous donation to the ONTrac program, which was really wonderful to me. He's obviously been a huge supporter of mine for the last six years even through all my challenges, always ringing up asking how I was going through my treatment and surgeries, and it was pretty cool that he then donated to Peter Mac. It was just a magical day, it put a big smile on my face and an even bigger smile on everyone else's. They were blown away with that and the hot laps and everything else across the day. It was great to just give back to people who are less fortunate than us, and we ended up with a bunch of new Supercars fans."
ONTrac at Peter Mac Youth Engagement Officer Anna Gilkison attended the day with the ONTrac program, and like all of its guests was delighted to help put on a great day for young people who have faced such difficult challenges.
"It was a brilliant opportunity for young people who have been through cancer treatment to get together, get out of the hospital, and have just an amazing experience," Gilkison said. "It was a lovely day for everyone and have a really great experience, and that wouldn't be possible without the generosity of Tickford Racing and the work Thomas and his parents put into bringing it all together. We were so impressed with how the day went and how everyone, even the families of the young adults, got to be a part of the experience, and it was just great to bring everyone together for such a brilliant time. We would also like to thank Rusty French for his incredible donation to help us continue to support young people with cancer. It's really important for young people to feel connected as going through a cancer diagnosis and treatment can feel quite isolating. Experiences and support like this mean the world to our service and most importantly to these young adults."
The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre is a world leading cancer research, education, and treatment centre, and Australia's only public health service solely dedicated to caring for people affected by cancer. To learn more or to donate, please head to petermac.org.