IT’S time to celebrate! Hayden Marshall is coming home, and you’re invited to join the party at Handstands for Hayden this Sunday, March 26 at Newhaven College.
Just six months ago at age 16, Hayden was living his dream life.
Years of dedication to his sporting passion, gymnastics, had rewarded him with a gold medal on the horizontal bar at the Victorian Championships, he was a gymnastics coach with the YMCA in Cowes, and could see a bright future for himself in the gymnastics field.
On Saturday, September 10, 2016, Hayden was involved in a horrific accident at his home.
While practicing gymnastics skills on his trampoline, Hayden lost control and landed awkwardly on his neck. He fractured four bones in his neck, which caused damage to his spinal cord, and he was immediately airlifted to the Alfred Hospital for a seven-hour surgery. Hayden is currently paralysed from the chest down.
Hayden’s Road to Recovery
Committed to an ongoing intensive rehabilitation program, Hayden has spent much of the past six months living at the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre in Kew. He has transferred his gymnastics training discipline to his rehabilitation program with great determination and focus.
Hayden, his family and specialists, all believe Hayden can regain more function in his body with continued hard work and treatment.
Hayden will finally come home to Rhyll on March 23, but his long road to recovery does not end there.
On April 3, Hayden will commence a three-week stint of neuro-physics at a specialist centre on the Gold Coast.
The outcome of that treatment will determine whether Hayden will then travel to the USA for further therapy.
There are endless expenses associated with Hayden’s treatment that include wheelchairs, renovations to the family home to allow wheelchair access, car modifications, constant travel for treatment and check-ups, and the list goes on. Spinal trauma is one of the most expensive conditions in the medical field.
Handstands for Hayden
Hayden has always dreamed of holding a world record. When local organisations that the Marshall family is involved with including Phillip Island Nature Parks, YMCA Phillip Island, Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm, Phillip Island Scouts and Newhaven College got together to discuss a fundraising effort for Hayden, it was decided that an attempt to break the world record for the number of people simultaneously performing a handstand was appropriate, and Handstands for Hayden was born.
This Sunday, Newhaven College’s oval will be filled with kids’ activities including an abseiling tower, graffiti wall, jumping castles, giant slide, billy carts and plenty more, all free of charge with admission. Renowned duo The Pierce Brothers will headline the entertainment program that will include The Laing Brothers, DJ BANDO and Newhaven College bands.
YMCA Phillip Island is offering a unique way to begin the day. ‘Wheels for Hayden’ departs the Phillip Island YMCA to travel the 6.5km to Newhaven College on wheels! Cycle, scoot or skate, it’s up to you, just visit www.phillipisland.ymca.org.au to register.
A classic car and motorcycle show ‘n’ shine will add even more wheels to the day’s entertainment and of course there will be excellent food – wood fired pizza, spit roast, sushi, baked potatoes, sausage sizzle, really good coffee, Devonshire tea, a licensed bar and loads more.
Donations for the grand auction have been flooding in to Newhaven College.
Major prizes include a 55 inch TV, $350 bedding package, Silverwater Resort two-night accommodation package, three intricate handmade quilts valued at over $250 each, a quirky ceramic puppy donated by ceramic artist Marj Reni’, Amaze ‘n’ things passes, Phillip Island Nature Parks passes, gift vouchers and more donations are arriving every day.
Auctioneer Greg Price will send them all under the hammer at 2.30pm.
Tickets and Donations
Entry is $25 for adults or $10 students and includes free entertainment and activities.
Tickets are available online at www.newhavencol.vic.edu.au/about/events or you can purchase at the gate. If you can’t come, you can make a donation via the ticket website above.
Handstands for Hayden is a fundraising event, so bring along your cash and have fun with your own family whilst helping Hayden and his family.
Dress for the weather, bring along your friends and family, a picnic rug and some chairs to settle in for the day and soak up the festival atmosphere.
Handstands for Hayden Program
11.45am – YMCA ‘Wheel’s for Hayden’ departs YMCA Phillip Island
12pm – The party starts at Newhaven College, 1770 Phillip Island Road.
12pm – 2.30pm – DJ BANDO, Newhaven College Bands, The Laing Brothers
2.30pm – Grand Auction
3 – 3.30pm – Handstands for Hayden record attempt
3.30pm – The Pierce Brothers
12 – 5.30pm – Free with entry: entertainment, classic car & motorcycle show’n’shine, abseiling, mini golf, bowling, wet sponge throw, jumping castles, bungee run, graffiti wall, billy carts, inflatable slide, catapults, spider web.