‘OVERWHELMED’: Hundreds rally to honour little William
It was a day of mixed emotions, but the strength of the Wheeler family and the generosity of Bundaberg community shone at the Ride For William.
After a two-year battle with Neuroblastoma Cancer, William Wheeler lost his
fight not long before his third birthday.
To honour William and help out the Wheeler family, Jasmine Williams and her partner Gary started organising the first Ride for William.
Jasmine said they had more than 200 registrations for the event, with several people making the trip up from Hervey Bay to support the ride.
Trucks, cars and motorbikes made their way through Bundaberg, starting at CQUniversity, out to the coast and back to The Club Hotel for raffles, live music and a sausage sizzle.
She said the Bundaberg community and more than 26 businesses had come forward with generous donations to help out a local family.
Proceeds raised through registrations, raffles and individual donations went directly to the Wheeler family.
William's mother Lauren said she was overwhelmed by everyone's support and sad that William wasn't there.
She thanks everyone in the community, the organisers, The Club Hotel and those who participated in the ride for their support.
Lauren and Jasmine said they hope to make the Ride For William an annual event and donate to a charity in his honour in the future.