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EXCLUSIVE: Amy Gillett Foundation To Benefit From ASP Adelaide Hills Tarmac Rally

Simon Gillett

In an exciting new initiative, the Southern Districts Car Club has joined forces with the Amy Gillett Foundation, today announcing the Foundation as the dedicated charity of the 2008 asp Adelaide Hills Tarmac Sprint Rally.

As round 3 of the South Australian Rally Championship, the event is already breaking new ground as being the first and only tarmac round of an Australian State rally championship, and now the rally will raise both awareness of cyclists and motorists sharing the road, as well as much needed funds for the continuing work of the Foundation.

The Amy Gillett Foundation's primary objective is to reduce the incidence of injury and death caused by the interaction between cyclists and motorists. In doing so, they hope to promote a safe and harmonious relationship of shared respect between the two groups.

The Foundation seeks to highlight the importance of being responsible every time we head out on the road, whether we're on two wheels or in four.

“It's not rocket science, it’s just something we can all do every day, because everyone deserves to arrive home safely irrespective of their chosen mode of transport”, said Foundation founder Simon Gillett. Simon was Amy’s husband and launched the Amy Gillett Foundation following her tragic death in a training accident in Germany in 2005.

For more information on the Amy Gillett Foundation, or to make a donation (donations are tax deductible) log onto

Himself an elite athlete, Simon Gillett represented Australia in rowing in the World Championships and was National Head Coach of Rowing Australia. Simon will also be competing in the asp Adelaide Hills Tarmac Sprint Rally to draw further attention to the aims of the Foundation.

There’ll be added incentive for crews in the event, who’ll be tested over 10 special bitumen stages in the beautiful McLaren Vale wine region on Sunday June 29. Not only will they be competing for State Rally Championship points, but also raising money for the Amy Gillett Foundation, with a special trophy awarded to the team that raises the most money.

Spectators wishing to make a donation will be able to visit the Service Park at Penny’s Hill Winery, where there will be donation tins, wrist bands and a refreshment stand with the proceeds going to the Foundation.