Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber has revealed he's donating the proceeds from the Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge to the fight to save the island state's most famous resident, the Tasmanian Devil, from extinction.
Since 1996, 90% of Tasmanian Devils – the world’s largest carnivorous marsupials – have been wiped out by an infectious form of cancer.
The animals are unique to Tasmania and after his victory at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday, Webber said: “Personally, I’m very committed to helping the Tassie Devil, and my charity adventure run is a great way to raise money for them and to increase awareness of their plight.”
The five-day, 350km endurance event, which involves mountain biking, kayaking and trekking, has raised over A$1.5million for a variety of charities since it was begun by Mark in 2006.
Immediately after the end of the Brazilian Grand Prix, Mark will be flying down to Launceston for the start of the challenge on November 28 – and he's urging others to join him.
“I’m telling everyone to come down to Tasmania and join in the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge,” said Webber. “It’s a teams event, you don’t have to be a super athlete and you’ll see one of the most spectacular places on earth while raising money for some very good causes."
Meanwhile if you fancy a go at designing a race helmet for Mark to wear at the Singapore Grand Prix, you'd better check out Mark's AussieGrit page on Facebook.
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- Check out the official Tasmania Challenge site
- Red Bull Australia’s Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge blog