A HALLS Head mother of three will aim to raise $3000 by June in an effort to send her 15-year-old son to represent Australia in the 2018 BMX World Championships.
Single mother and part-time worker Michelle Cherubino said she could only afford to send one of her two sons, who are both BMX riders, to compete in competitions in June.
She said finances would hold her back.
“I’m a single mum with three boys and we receive no child support so the whole family sacrifices for this level of sport to continue,” she said.
In March, 15-year-old Blade competed in the 2018 BMX Australia National Championships in Bunbury where he placed second and qualified to represent Australia at the World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.
“Blade is at a point where it’s possible he could get a world plate but I can’t afford to make it happen.”
In February her 11-year-old son Steele competed in the first BMX National Series round in Penrith, NSW and qualified for the Trans Tasman Test Team.
Steele will represent Australia, in June also, travelling with his mother to Castle Hill, NSW.
“I have enough to pay for Steele’s competition but not enough for Blade’s overseas competition – and the competitions are on at the same time,” she said.
“Unfortunately for me I have had to send Blade with a friend to the world championships in Baku and I will have to rely on generous donations and lots of fundraising to get him there.”
Miss Cherubino’s friend suggested she set up a Go Fund Me page to raise enough money to send her son Blade overseas.
“Blade’s qualified for the world championships the past two years, but I’ve never been able to make it happen for him,” she said.
“They’re good riders, I’ve never had to push either of them to do it.
“They have natural talent and they love it which makes me love it.”
The money raised would go towards Blade’s flights, accommodation, national insurance, and BMX uniform.
The Cherubino family have already raised $1600 out of their goal of $3000.
To donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/help-blade-ride-for-australia