Towing the line - Strongman pulls 16 cars towards Guinness World Record.
- Strongman pulls 25,000 tonnes worth of Hyundais and humans, but gets tough brake.
- GoFundMe appeal for Little Wings, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities Australia.
Attempting to break a world record by dragging 16 cars along a runway obviously involves a lot of perspiration, but it’s just as much about inspiration, according to Aussie strongman Troy Conley, who attempted to do just that at Bankstown Airport yesterday as part of the fundraiser Car Pull for Kids.
Conley’s first attempt at pulling 16 brand-new Hyundais over a distance of five metres had been unfortunately halted by someone mistakenly putting their foot on the brake in one of the vehicles.
That first effort left him “too gassed” to get through a second attempt, but then Conley found himself staring at Ava, who had come to watch his brave effort to raise money for kids just like her.
The goal of Car Pull for Kids was to raise a much-needed $30,000 for Hyundai Help for Kids partners; Little Wings, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities Australia.
“That third attempt only happened because Ava was there - I spent 10 minutes just looking at her, and thinking the strength kids like her have to show day in, day out, when they’re sick or injured just to keep fighting, it’s so much harder than what I was trying to do, and the least I could do was to give it one more go, and get it done” Conley explained.
Chaining himself up again to the 16 vehicles, each one with a driver on board to make sure they steered straight behind him, which all added up to more than 25 tonnes of weight, Conley somehow managed to break the moment of inertia and get them rolling.
With his veins and eyes popping and his chest bursting, he just kept his eyes on Ava, and kept pushing.
Ava had been a typical bubbly and happy three-year-old girl, living in Western NSW when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, which was found to be in 98 per cent of her bone marrow.
Alongside the doctors and the oncology wards, her treatment was made possible at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead with Little Wings, a not-for-profit organisation that provides equal healthcare opportunities for sick children in rural NSW by providing free, professional and safe flight and ground transport services for those who need to attend hospitals in major cities.
Throughout her treatment and all the time away from her family Ava found refuge at Ronald McDonald House Westmead.
“If The Children’s Hospital at Westmead saved our daughter’s life then Little Wings & Ronald McDonald House Charities saved our family. There is no way we would have coped without them all and for that our family will be forever grateful,” says Ava’s mother Kathy, who was also in attendance.
Conley - was inspired to take on the enormous fund-raising and record-breaking Car Pull for Kids by his own experiences at the Children’s Hospital, after rupturing his kidney when he was four – he had heard Ava’s story, but he only met her for the first time yesterday, and was humbled by the experience.
“That third attempt, I threw everything at it and it was amazing, watching Ava the whole time; it was about 90 seconds of huge effort, but it only felt like about 30 seconds, and I was able to pull that hard for that long because of her, and at least I could walk away at the end saying I gave it 100 per cent,” Conley says.