Biaggi and Hayden welcome ill children to the MotoGP paddock

Friday, 25 April 2003

Biaggi and Hayden welcome ill children to the MotoGP paddock

Two young children suffering from leukaemia today enjoyed the experience of a lifetime as they were shown around the MotoGP paddock by two of the sport´s biggest stars. Six year old Kyle Gelderblom and five year old Bubele Melamane, part of the local Reach for a Dream project for cancer sufferers, were welcomed to the Phakisa Freeway by Max Biaggi and Nicky Hayden, who took the youngsters into their garages and allowed them to play on their bikes. At the end of the tour, the riders signed caps and t-shirts for the children, who left with beaming smiles and their arms laden with gifts.

`Being with these children reminds me of my nephew, who died of leukaemia at the age of ten,´ said Biaggi. `He fought the disease for several years before his death and I know what these children and their families are going through. If there is anything we can do for them then I want to help, showing them around the paddock is a small gesture. The kids were a bit too small to ride the bikes but we had great fun together!´

Hayden also enjoyed his time with the children and agreed with his track rival about the importance of their plight. `As Max says, anything we can do that puts a smile on their face is a great thing. I love children and I just hope they enjoyed themselves today and got something out of the experience. Now they´ve got to be strong and keep fighting.´

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