Medical Support for Matt Mingay
$74,490 of $100,000 goal
“Daredevil, stuntrider, action sports athlete”…these words only hint at the multi-dimensional persona of professional Australian stuntriding superstar Matt Mingay. To his more than one million Facebook friends, live audiences who number more than two million people annually, and the throng of thousands who follow his action sports activities through Twitter, there is no equal to Matt’s might in the world of stuntriding.
On Saturday, June 4, while participating in the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix in Detroit, Michigan, Matt sustained significant facial injuries when his vehicle overturned as a result of a crash that occurred during the race. According to an update posted by Matt’s wife Sheena on his official Facebook page early Monday morning, June 6, “Matt Mingay was released yesterday from critical care and remains in the ICU at Detroit Receiving Hospital where he is in a serious but stable condition. Matt was released from surgery last night at 7:30 p.m. after undergoing an extensive five-hour surgery to insert a prosthetic chin to rebuild his jaw and mouth region. He has been responding well to treatment and will no doubt be counting down the days until he is back out on the track and wowing fans again.”
What do you do for a man whose fans and fearless pursuit of adrenaline-inducing thrills fuel his zeal to perform in the high-stakes world of action sports? How do you respond for someone whose passion for adventure and his fans is unmatched in any hemisphere? You take action!
We, Matt’s friends and supporters, have organized this GoFundMe account as a way for fans to show their love and support for this action sports superstar. Your gifts of support will help Matt’s family with medical care costs and daily living expenses.
No contribution is too small. Your generous giving means the world to Matt, his wife Sheena, and his son Madzy. With your support, Matt can concentrate on his recovery so that he can once again display his stuntriding spectacles on the track.
Get on board and hold on tight, fans. Together, we can fuel the healing for this world-class stuntriding legend. Let’s show the world that #ChicksDigScars.
Please continue to share this campaign every little bit helps and we are getting closer to our goal of 100k!
Matt is now at a Gold Coast Hospital for further rehabilitation. Visit the speed cafe link below for more details!
First, I want to thank everyone for their generous donations and kind-hearted comments. Your love and support means the world to Matt, Sheena, and Madzy.
Second, I want to take a moment to disclose how the GoFundMe donation/withdraw process works. If a GoFundMe campaign is created and run in the U.S., they require that the beneficiary be a U.S. citizen, and furthermore, that the donation funds be withdrawn by a U.S. citizen to a U.S. bank. Since Matt is an Australian citizen, I will be withdrawing the funds on his behalf and transferring them to the United States Auto Club Benevolent Foundation, the non profit arm of USAC, the sanctioning body of Stadium Super Trucks. The foundation will then transfer 100% of the funds to Matt via wire to his account in Australia. Kevin Miller the President of USAC will coordinate all of this for us.
His wife, Sheena, has given me permission to handle this campaign and has directed me how the funds will be received by Matt.
If anyone has questions regarding this, please feel free to contact me or Damon Hill, Matt’s manager.
Today, I flew to Detroit to visit with Matt and Sheena. Matt was able to walk and take a lap around the hospital floor. He continues to be a warrior and make great progress and is getting stronger by the day. Each day that passes is a small victory to his recovery.
His lovely wife Sheena has been his absolute rock throughout this ordeal and she has not left her husbands side. What an amazing couple!
As for the fundraising efforts, let’s keep the momentum going! We are a third of the way to the goal, however we don’t like to meet goals we like to exceed them!
Thank you to all those that have donated thus far, please continue to share this page!
United Fiber & Data
I was right behind Matt when this happened & I immediately knew it was a bad wreck.
I felt helpless, I couldn't do a thing for him at that time, all I could do was pray. As we headed back to the pits I could see the ambulance leaving the track and I knew my friend was inside fighting for his life. From what I saw when I was behind him, it didn't look good at all. It's a site I wish I could forget, but I never will.
I couldn't get out of the truck fast enough. I went and found EJ Viso, Burt Jenner & Paul Morris the look on all of our faces told the story more than any words could ever. We looked at the video and it confirmed our worst fears. Burt then noticed Matt's truck that was placed behind the pits and shouted "go look at the fucking truck" we knew by his tone it was bad and for some reason we all looked at each other and paused before we went over. I guess each of us were preparing ourselves for what we would see. We all went to check it out and were told to not go near it, however nothing was going to stop us from seeing what our good friend and fellow driver had just went through.
Emotions were very high and we almost had a full on brawl with anyone that got in our way. I won't even describe how the truck looked, because I can not even come up with the words for it. I've seen many racing accidents in my day and this was one the bad ones. It is true, Matt had some bad facial injuries that I won't go into detail about.
Matt is a modern day warrior and from the minute of impact he started fighting for his life, he fought for his wife, his son and all his fans and he didn't give up. He is still in Detroit Receiving Hospital with his amazing wife by his side, together they fight.
I couldn't help him when I was on the track that day, however now it's my time to help. We created this go fund me page to raise money for his medical bills and daily living expenses. Insurance will cover some of the expenses, but not all. Matt's job is to entertain and wow fans all over the world. That's how he is paid and he won't be able to do that while he is in the hospital. I want to surpass this goal of 100k so that the only thing that Matt has to think about is getting better and jumping back on his Harley or taking people for rides in his drift car!
Many people have come to me over the years for donations, support and favors and I have never asked for anything in return. Today that changes. I am asking all of my friends and family to donate to this man, he is a loving father to his son and a great husband to his wife Sheena.
This could have happened to anyone on the track that day. However, if someone told Matt prior to the race what was going to happen to one of the drivers, he is the type of guy that would say "let it happen to me, I'll take one for my brothers and I will fight" he would also selfishly say "I'll do it because chicks love scars" - well Matt, we love you!!
United Fiber & Data
Recover soon..We all adore you (Matt) and the Mingay family..return to us, if its your hearts desire..and Sheena approves..lol
Best wishes for a speedy recovery Matt. Bill, you're a hell of a great guy.
"Speedy" recovery. No pun intended ;)