THOMAS RANDLE AND CASTROL RACE FOR PETER MAC
Vital funds for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation were raised at Sandown Raceway
While landing a pair of Top 10 finishes at the Sandown SuperSprint last month was a highlight for Castrol Racing’s Thomas Randle, the biggest achievement of his weekend was realised off-track, with Thomas and Castrol teaming up to raise over $47,000 for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation.
Driving a purple-tinged #55 Castrol Racing Ford Mustang, the weekend served as a major fundraising initiative for ONTrac at the Peter Mac Victorian Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Service.
ONTrac at Peter Mac is a multidisciplinary service providing care for adolescents and young adults affected by cancer.
A collaboration between Castrol, Tickford Racing, and the Randle family, the fundraising initiative was a particularly personal one for the 26-year-old Victorian.
Diagnosed with testicular cancer in early 2020, Thomas sought support from the service throughout his treatment, and now serves as a member of the Victorian Youth Cancer Action Board, helping to improve services and support for young cancer patients and their families.
Now 18 months cancer-free and in the midst of his first full season in the Supercars Championship, Thomas was excited to give back to the service that supported him on his journey.
“It was an honour to represent Peter Mac on the grid at the 2022 Sandown SuperSprint,” Thomas said.
“Peter Mac was instrumental in treating me during my period with testicular cancer, while also providing me with further assistance from the ONTrac at Peter Mac service, which provides support to adolescents and young adults affected by cancer.”
With Castrol Australia kicking off the fundraising drive with a contribution of $10,000, Castrol Brand and Product Marketing Manager Jan Willink, expressed his delight in supporting the ONTrac at Peter Mac service through Tickford’s rising star, Thomas Randle.
“Castrol is extremely proud to support the work done by Peter Mac through their adolescent and young adult cancer service,” Jan said.
“Whether it’s raising awareness, funds, or simply providing unique opportunities for those involved with Peter Mac programs, we’re thrilled Castrol could play a small role.”
In addition to driving donations, Castrol worked to create lasting experiences for young people in the Peter Mac program by providing 100 passes to the Sandown SuperSprint to young patients.
Over a dozen young people also got the ride of their life with Thomas at the team’s Ride Day, riding shotgun aboard the Castrol Racing Mustang.
“I know that the most enjoyable laps Thomas Randle has driven this year in the Castrol Racing Mustang were those with passengers from Peter Mac,” Jan said.
Several fundraising opportunities were rolled out across the Sandown race event, allowing fans to directly support young people with cancer.
Notably, one race fan walked away with the race-used bonnet of the No. 55 Castrol Racing Ford Mustang, with Lloyds Auctions managing an online auction across the weekend, from which all proceeds went directly to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation.
The auction of the bonnet alone raised $3100 for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation.
“We felt privileged to auction the number 55 supercar bonnet to raise funds for a much-needed cause,” Lloyds Auctions Chief Operations Officer, Lee Hames, said.
Dr Jeremy Lewin, Medical Director of the ONTrac at Peter Mac Victorian Adolescent and Young Adult Service, welcomed the support from both Castrol and Thomas, which will help drive attention and donations to the service that aims to improve outcomes for young people with cancer.
“We are thrilled to have such fantastic support from Thomas and the team at Castrol Racing through their program across the Sandown weekend,” Dr Lewin said.
“Our service exists to help young people with cancer navigate the extra challenges we know they face. The years 15-25 are a critical period for a person’s development and trajectory in life, and facing a cancer diagnosis and its treatment during that time can be particularly disruptive.
“The service provides a range of supports aimed at improving outcomes and experiences of young people with cancer. We have worked closely with Thomas since his own cancer diagnosis in 2020, and are delighted to see him doing so well today, and also by his work in support of our service.”
Supports provided by ONTrac at Peter Mac are designed to sit alongside a young person’s cancer treatment and cover everything from exercise and nutrition to mental health, and help to navigate education, employment or family challenges that can arise.
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