When Jay McGreneghan’s father suffered a series of strokes, he decided to do something to raise funds for his chosen charity – Stroke Association Support.
From this tragedy Jay’s FAST Ninja project was born – with the idea of restoring his favourite bike, a Kawasaki GPz900R as used in the movie Top Gun, in order to raffle it off for charity.
FAST stands for Face, Arms, Speech and Time – four critical things that could be key to diagnosing and quickly seeking treatment for someone who is suffering from a stroke.
In 2013, Jay managed to find the ideal bike, although it had been sitting under blankets in a garage for the past 14 years and was in need of some real attention.
From there it went to GT Motorcycles in Plymouth for a thorough service, and Jay began to seek donations to truly get the project up and running.
These donations included MotoGP quality carbon fibre fairings and trim from A-Tech, delivered direct from Japan, and some fresh rubber in the shape of our popular ContiGo! tyres.
With the restoration well underway, all Jay had to do was get the message out there – somebody could actually win this 1985 bike for the price of a raffle ticket at a village fete!
A keen rider, Jay would keep his father Tony up to date with the progress on the bike, although he sadly passed away before seeing the final result.
In 2014 MCN’s Adam Child agreed to do a charity lap on the bike at the Isle of Man TT, with several pages of coverage appearing in the magazine as a result, really helping to boost the profile of the project.
At the end of January 2016, the draw for the raffle finally took place, with Mr McClean of Glasgow winning the main prize – one of many who entered the draw, helping to raise around £2,000 for Stoke Association Support.
Other winners bagged themselves Top Gun t-shirts, and one lucky entrant also got himself 12 months of free motorcycle insurance.
Congratulations to Jay on helping to raise the profile of such an important cause.
Find out more about the ContiGo! here.