Specialist Asia-Pacific aerospace insurance broker Aerosure is partnering with an innovative youth-led charity that creates employment opportunities for young Australians with physical disabilities, with Aerosure becoming the Gold Sponsor and acquiring naming rights of the charity’s main fundraising event for 2014.
As well as developing and providing innovative, stimulating and creative employment opportunities, the Sydney-based charity, Fighting Chance Australia, also provides fulfilling life experiences for young people with significant physical disabilities.
Fighting Chance CEO Laura O’Reilly said today that Aerosure’s decision to become Gold Sponsor of next year’s fundraising event, a 1,000km sponsored road ride known as The Tour de Chance, was ‘the perfect fit’.
‘The business ethos of Aerosure – “We are passionate about what we do and driven to be the best that we can be” – captures in words exactly how we at Fighting Chance approach our work with young Australians with physical disabilities,’ Ms O’Reilly said.
In addition to sponsoring the event, Managing Director of Aerosure Greg Rector has demonstrated his personal commitment to the Tour de Chance by participating as one of the Tour riders.
Fighting Chance will launch what is now to be known as The Aerosure Tour de Chance in February 2014. Supported by Tour de Chance Ambassador, Australian professional cyclist and Team Saxo Bank rider Jonathan Cantwell, a team of 17 riders will cycle from Brisbane to Sydney with the aim of raising $250,000 so as to enable Fighting Chance to double available places in its various programs.
The Tour de Chance was first championed earlier this year with just one rider – Sydney-based amateur cyclist and businessman Tim Powell whose 21-year-old daughter Ashleigh participates in Fighting Chance’s Avenue program.
One of the youth-led charity’s most successful programs, Avenue promotes the creative and expressive potential of people with disabilities everywhere, with young Australians with disabilities importing and selling products manufactured by people with disabilities in developing countries.
‘The Avenue model provides full circle goodness of the highest order, the self-employment opportunities it offers empowering disabled people with dignity, ambition and drive,’ Ms O’Reilly said.
Tim Powell says his daughter’s experience working at Fighting Chance after leaving school in 2011 has proved positively life-changing to their entire family, most of all for Ashleigh.
Wanting to help Fighting Chance extend this opportunity to other young people with disabilities, Tim came up with the Tour de Chance concept in 2013 and cycled solo from Brisbane to Sydney, raising more than $50,000 in the process.
Tim says: ‘I am thrilled the Aerosure Tour de Chance will continue into 2014 and has already garnered much support from other riders, companies and communities. Our aim now is to raise $250,000 to enable Fighting Chance to continue their ground-breaking work. With further funding they will be able to continue to develop quality programs to provide more opportunities for young people with physical disabilities.’
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