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Thursday 17 April 2014

No stopping young driver Ben on his dream day out at Mondello Park

Ben with family friend Edward Rossiter getting ready to rally in top rally driver Kevin Barrett's Rally Car.

THERE'S NO stopping Ben Kelly now. The nine-year old from Gorey, who received his second kidney transplant last November, after a previous transplant failed, got the chance to be a rally driver for a day recently.

Ben was treated to a day at the races in Mondello Park with the Share a Dream Foundation as part of the IRCA Marshalls Day.

Ben received a Share a Dream National Children of Courage Award last December for his bravery and courage. He'd been given a trip to Disneyland Paris as part of the award, but was unable to go as it was too soon after his operation. He hopes to get to go in May instead.

In the meantime, Share a Dream had an extra surprise for him with the trip to Mondello, and he got to go racing in a rally car. 'He had a right day,' said his mother Veronica. He travelled up with his father Paddy and family friend Edward Rossiter, and Ben and five other kids got to go for a race in the rally cars. 'Edward was a mechanic and even he was afraid in the car, but Ben was telling the driver to go faster,' laughed Veronica. She said that Ben is continuing to do very well since his operation. ' You couldn't hold him down,' she said.

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