Revving up support for Damian Jobson

FUNDRAISER: Michael and Michelle Ansen, and Brooke and Damian Jobson, with the car show star, a 1957 Chevrolet. Picture: Marina Neil When Monique McDonell began organising a major car show late last year, she admitted she was not exactly an authority on everything withwheels.

“I knew I own a Hilux,” McDonell laughed.

Monique McDonell has helped pull together the ‘Show n’Shine for Damian’ not to improve her knowledge of cars but to help a friend.The car show is a fund-raiser for Damian Jobson, the Windale Eagles rugby league player who became a quadriplegic when he was injured during a match in May.

On Sunday, at least 150 show cars and bikes are expected to be parked on theWindale rugby league ovals, the Eagles’ homeground.

“It’s good to be back here, it’s been ages,” said Mr Jobson, as he manoeuvred his motorised wheelchair across the ground on Friday. But he only had eyes for the gleaming grey car beside the sheds.

“A ’57Chevrolet, my dream car,” he cooed.

The Chevrolet Bel Air will be a feature of the show. The Chevyhas been restored by the show’s major sponsor, Michael and Michelle Ansen, who run a tyre and auto business in Gateshead. The couple spent 13 years and about $70,000 on the car.

“It’s greatto get the car out for a good cause, it makes you proud,” MrAnsen said.

The car show idea took shapeat the local hotel, when a group was consideringhowto raise money for Damian and Brooke Jobson, who have largeon-going costs in their radically changed lives.

Vehicles are coming from as far away as Taree andWollongong. Sponsors and donors have also come forward, with raffle prizesincluding an autographed singlet from motocross champion Chad Reed.

“It’s just amazing what the community has done for me,” Mr Jobson said. “I can’t thank everyone enough, and this car show is just another thing that’s going to boost me along in my life, to help me and my family.”

Yet the day after the car show, the Jobson familywill be without wheels for at least a month. They have to return the van they have been lent, and theyarestill waiting for their car to be modified to accommodate a wheelchair. “I guess I’ll have to use cabs,” Mr Jobson said.

But he was looking forward to the Sunday event.

“It’s bringing back a bit of my childhood, because I’ve always been into cars”, he said, adding that he restored a Holden HX GTS Monaro, 1976 model, when he was a younger man.

And as a result of helping organise the car show, Monique McDonell, the wife of the Windale Eagles’ president, knew what a Holden HX GTS Monaro was.

Show n’Shine for Damian, Windale ovals, Sunday, February 26, 9am-4pm. Gold coin entry.