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Young cancer patient Matthew Damon has been treated to the ride of his life at this year's NGK Rally of Melbourne media day, held at the picturesque DeBortoli Wineries in the Yarra Valley.
NEC/ ARC Series leader, Toyota's Simon Evans treated Matthew to a thrilling ride around the DeBortoli wineries this morning, thanks to the NGK Rally of Melbourne and Matthew's charity organisation, Challenge, supporting kids with cancer.
In an effort to brighten up the day of a young car enthusiast, NGK Rally of Melbourne organisers contacted Challenge, and Matthew was the perfect fit for a ride at this year's media day.
A huge fan of motorsport, Matthew was treated to an up close and personal experience in the lead up to the final event on the NEC/ARC calendar and couldn't wipe the smile from his face all day.
"The ride was unbelievable, I didn't realise they went so fast, it was so much fun and I had a great time", said Matthew Damon.
"I have always loved cars, so to get the chance to actually have a ride in a real rally car around the course was awesome, it should be a fantastic rally on the weekend!"
This weekend's rally is the final round of this year's NEC/ARC series and promises to be the most intriguing and entertaining of the series so far, with the series championship up for grabs.
Hot on the heels of series leader Simon Evans' tail are Toyota's Neil Bates, Dean Herridge of Subaru, and Scott Pedder of Mitsubishi, all still with a chance of snatching the title from the Evans this weekend.
"All Challenge activities and programs aim to give children and their families a chance to forget about their illness, even if it is only for a short period", said Challenge Communications Officer Adam Hunt.
"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the NGK Rally of Melbourne for their support and giving Matthew the chance to reconnect with life away from the hospital and the effects of treatment."
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