A 30th aniversary, a historic TT win and an unrestored motorbike were at the root of a novel fundraising idea for a TT visitor from Sheffield.
Since his father suffered a debilitating stroke 10 years ago, Jay McGreneghan has done work and fundraising for the stroke charity Stroke Association Support.
Realising this year marks the 30th anniversary of the Kawasaki motorcycles’ Ninja brand name, he hit on the idea of restoring his old motorbike – a Kawasaki Gpz900R Ninja – and using it to generate cash for the charity.
As this year also marks the 30th anniversary of Geoff Johnson’s TT win – riding a Kawasaki Gpz900R – he decided to approach Johnson’s former sponsors GT Motorcycles in Plymouth.
‘They were only too happy to be involved. Their mechanics worked hard doing the restoration and I bought and supplied the bits it needed,’ he said.
Jay and his fiancee Latifa Baldwin then made a last-minute trip to collect the bike and bring it to the TT. Having sold most of his biking kit to fund the venture, Jay asked MCN road tester and TT competitor Adam Child to ride the bike in the parade lap around the mountain course where spectators could admire the finished product.
Once the bike is back in the UK Jay has to decide how best to use it to raise money – whether by auction, raffle or some other device is as yet undecided, but one trip is already decided: ‘I will be taking it to the home where my dad is cared for.
‘He won’t be able to get outside to see it but I’m going to start it up in the car park so he can hear it,’ he said. Thanks are due to GT Motorcycles, the Palace Hotel in Douglas and to the Steam Packet Company who have all helped and supported Jay and Latifa.
For more information about the project and the FAST (face, arm, speech, time) guidance on recognising and dealing with strokes, or to make a donation to Stroke Association Support, visit Jay’s web site at www.fastninja.co.uk