ASHTON MICHAEL VENABLES
Forever Young Forever Giving
His dreams live on
On June 13th 2011 at approx 5:10pm just outside of Atherton, a vehicle struck a sign beside a road and ground to a halt some 20 metres…..
Driving that vehicle was a young man – Ashton Michael Venables, my son.
At approx 5:45pm that evening, Ashton had tragically passed away..,Read on
What did you do last weekend……………… This is a picture of Joshie finishing the Tre-X Back to Back race on the Sunshine Coast. Josh competed in the long course race which was a 500m swim, 15k mountain bike and 6 k beach run on both Saturday and Sunday. He was first in the 15 – 19 Category and had a blast!
1000km for $1000 – The Challenge is for you to participate in sanctioned Events from 1st November 2013 – to 31st October 2014 and along the way raise $1000.00 or more for your chosen Charity.
Ashtons Gift One Thousand (AG 1000) can be participated as an Individual or a Team of 2 to 200 …..READ MORE
Ashtons Gift has many facets to its culture and its ability to touch lives – yet again we have been humbled by people in this world reaching out to touch those that need it most, via Ashtons Gift. A friend of Ashtons Gift has donated 2 amazing tickets to the Taylor Swift Concert in Brisbane – It is a Random Act of Kindness (RAK) we encourage everyday, and this is a class act. The team at Ashtons Gift was straight in contact to the “Make a Wish Foundation “and they have very graciously accepted and have found a suitable recipient for us – The young recipient, in need of some great memories to share, will be attending the Taylor Swift concert via Ashtons Gift and this kind donation……. We will keep all in the loop as to how her night went…. I take this opportunity to thank everyone for your continued support, we are changing lives in memory of Ashton and it is a vehicle I am sure he and his family are proud of, a vehicle to assist people via the gift – make a difference. Cheers
Young Rachel Presser whom trains with the Gold Coast Mermaids Synchronised Swimming Club aspires to representing her country at the Olympics. Rachel travels the country competing in competitions and trains up to five days a week in order to chase her dreams. Rachel has one last competition before the holidays – on Sunday 1st December 2013 at Chandler Aquatic Center in Brisbane.
We here at Ashtons Gift wish you all the best Rachel and hope all your hard work and determination pays off.
The flow on effect of Ashtons Gift and all it stands for, continues to inspire people everywhere, none more so then Tania Pearson. Tania had known Ashton since he first started visiting the Tweed area on school holidays, in her own small way Tania decided she would like to make a difference to a part of the community very close to her heart, via the Ashtons Gift organisation.
Tania recently completed her fundraising target of $2,000 and has donated 100% of monies raised via Ashtons Gift to “You have a Friend” – a local community charity for the homeless and underprivileged. The $2,000 donated will be used for Christmas Hampers and to purchase food etc. for the volunteer run Christmas Party, held in December across local parks for the homeless.
Tania spent the past twelve months raising funds while competing in running races around the country, and was very humbled by the support she received. The emotion was clear to see when Tania presented John Lee from “You have a Friend” and a Cheque on behalf of Ashtons Gift.
Ashtons Gift is proud contribute to the Current Triathlon Australia 2013 Age Group National Champion Josh Manning dreams….. Josh is 15 and attached is a beautiful letter we received from him. Keep an eye out for Josh at the Kingscliff Triathlon Sunday 1st December and Kurrawa to Durandbah 30km Sunday 8th December.
Tania set herself a challenge to go above and beyond her running abilities and participate in five events this year and while doing so complete 72km and receive sponsorship from friends and family.
Tania to date has completed:
• 17km Nerang State Forest Trail Race
• 10km Bulletin Fun Run on the Gold Coast
• 21km at Gold Coast Half Marathon
• 14km City to Surf in Sydney
ONLY the 10km Stampede at Woodford is left to complete.
When Tania runs (maybe crawls) over the finish line on Sunday 15th, she would have raised over $1000.00 for Ashtons Gift Charity and challenged herself to complete 72km over five events. The money raised will go towards local kids in your community. Very proud to have Tania on our team!
You can still keep up to date with the great moments Team RFA are achieving by clicking on this link. www.teamrfa.com.au
Ashtons Gift was extremely proud to present a ‘Surprise’ Bursary to two very special children at the ‘Fashionable Soiree 2013’ event on Saturday night in Atherton. Shannon and Tasman are currently preparing to leave Australia and head to the World BMX Championships in Auckland NZ this weekend. Incredibly talented riders for such a young age.
Along with their family, they are hard workers who have been busy trying to raise funds for this amazing opportunity for the past few months. Shannon, Tasman and and their mum Tammi, had absoloutely no idea that Rylee was presenting them with a cheque on behalf of the Gift at the event.
An amazing moment with two very special children – Ashtons Gift – changing lives! We promise to keep you updated on their journey across the weekend and on behalf of everyone at Ashtons Gift we wish you all the very best!