Tysen Enness’ ability to combine his passion for four-wheel racing and love for family means he has a heart the size of a V8 motor.
Tysen’s life is defined by his passion for go karting, but it took a devastating turn at the age of 13, when his sister AJ suffered a cardiac arrest back in 2015.
Before visiting his sister in hospital, Tysen felt scared and ‘a little alone’, unsure whether AJ would survive.
“When I saw her in hospital it sort of woke me up, and I realised that she will be coming home,” Tysen said
“I also should think a little more positively and that there is more to life.”
Tysen quickly grow up and knew his sister would need his ongoing support.
At first Tysen struggled with having to relive his sister’s story, continuously explaining what happened.
It become easier with time with Tysen eventually taking it in his stride.
“People really open up to you, telling you what they have gone through as well,” Tysen said.
“It really helps them cope as well, hearing what you have gone through.”
Tysen’s passion for go karting has seen him racing for four years, collecting 10 wins and 32 trophies so far.
His passion turned into a cause when Tysen came up a new way to not only raise some money and awareness for heart kids, but also include his beloved go karting.
With a kind donation for local sign writers Janet’s design and signs, Tysen’s kart has been transformed now featuring 73 hearts and the Heart Kids logo.
Tysen is having the heart kids he’s met during his journey sign the individual hearts as a tribute to them.
“There are two large hearts at the front of the kart which I’m auctioning off to the highest bidder to raise a bit more money for the charity,” Tysen said.
“This will give the highest bidder the opportunity to put their company’s name on the kart.”
Tysen will also go above and beyond and donating his own money depending on his results – $50 for a first place, $35 for second and $20 for third.
“This weekend I will be donating $100 straight up, for just racing,” Tysen said.
This is purely a donation from Tysen, because place getters do not receive cash rewards, only trophies.
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