The Mark Webber Foundation aims to provide youth with the opportunity to live a more healthy, active and sustainable life. Not everyone has the same opportunities, so we’re focused on giving those less fortunate a chance in life that they otherwise wouldn’t have had. We’re looking to partner charities such as Whitelion, as well as others, that offer a pathway for disadvantaged teenagers who can then have a crack at becoming valuable members of our communities. Because of the special relationship the Mark Webber Challenge has with the state of Tasmania, the Foundation also continues its support of the Save the Tasmanian Devil Project. We have worked with Australia Zoo to contribute to the breeding program they have in place to ensure that this feisty little Tasmanian icon will thrive for many generations to come.
“They were minding their own business out on a training ride,” says Mark, “when suddenly – bam! – a car mowed down the entire peloton, killing Amy and injuring everyone else.”
This was the tragic incident that killed Australian cyclist Amy Gillett while she was training in Germany in 2005. Her eponymous Foundation works to achieve three goals: to promote cyclists’ safety on the road; to provide an annual scholarship for emerging Australian cyclists and to assist the five women injured in the accident in 2005.
Mark is a keen cyclist and he’s a proud patron of the Amy Gillett Foundation.