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Riding the rainbow for Zaidee

David Lee September 21, 2016
A REVVING FESTIVAL… Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation CEO, Allan Turner with the Zaidee motorbike, which will be ridden to take part in the Revving the River Bikes, Cars, Food, Music Festival in March next year. Photo: Emma Hillier.

A REVVING FESTIVAL… Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation CEO, Allan Turner with the Zaidee motorbike, which will be ridden to take part in the Revving the River Bikes, Cars, Food, Music Festival in March next year. Photo: Emma Hillier.

A COLOURFUL American Triumph is set to hit the road for the Revving the River Bikes, Cars, Food, Music Festival in March next year, but Zaidee’s Bike will also be helping spread a powerful message about organ and tissue donation, through Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation.

Kim and Allan Turner created Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation in memory of their daughter, Zaidee Turner. Zaidee tragically and suddenly died in 2004 at the age of seven after suffering a burst blood vessel in her brain. Of the 103 children under the age of 16 who died at the Royal Children’s Hospital in 2004, Zaidee was the only Victorian child to donate her organs and tissues that year.

Zaidee was also one of only six children to donate nationally and one of the youngest Australian donors on record in 2004. The donation of Zaidee’s organs and tissues resulted in the lives of up to seven others being enhanced or saved.

Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation CEO, Allan Turner said, “I have always been interested in motorbikes and when the Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation became the official charity partners of the 2008 Moto GP, we had the Triumph done up for that.

“We have opened the festival event in March next year to all motorbikes and American muscle cars for the event’s first year.

“By encouraging parents to speak to their children about organ and tissue donation we hope that those family members currently on the transplant waiting list will have a better chance of receiving their transplant in time.”

Zaidee’s mum, Kim Turner said, “We also hope that families who are faced with the same situation of losing a loved one can feel gratified to know that from their loss they are able to help others.

“Zaidee gave the greatest gift of all after she died, her organ and tissue, so others could live a better life and in most case just to live. Please talk about it to your loved one.”

The Revving the River Bikes, Cars, Food, Music Festival will run on March 3, 4 and 5 in Echuca next year. For more information, visit www.revvingtheriver.org