MotoGP superstars such as Valentino Rossi will help a five-year-old Sydney girl with a rare children’s cancer when 102 personal items are auctioned online this month.
In January this year, a Sydney single mother of three was told her five-year-old daughter, Freyja, had a rare, aggressive and incurable form of cancer.
Patients with the disease typically do not live beyond 12 months following diagnosis, setting the clock ticking to find a treatment or cure.
The MotoGP community heard of Freyja’s plight and has donated 102 rare and personal items to a campaign to send Freyja to Heidelberg in Germany where a world-wide trial is being conducted to find a cure.
At least $500,000 is needed and so far $58,400 has been raised.
The Shannons “Cure for Freyja” online auction features signed leathers, helmets, boots, gloves, knee-sliders and caps, mostly from the 2017 season.
One of the most sought-after items in the auction is a hand-written “love letter” from famed MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi to his YZR-M1 racing bike on his exit from the Yamaha Team in 2010.
It has an auction starting price of $5000, but could sell for a lot more.
Similarly priced is a set of hand-assembled 2017 model Swedish Ohlins Racing Moto 2 Front Forks originally built for evaluation purpose in the Moto2 World Championship, but kept as a spare.
Signed paintings of Rossi, Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo will open their bidding at $250.
Motoring enthusiasts’ auction house Shannons has donated its resources to conduct the one-off, worldwide timed online auction that runs until August 16.
All funds raised will go to “A Cure for Freyja“.