More support for Amy Gillett-Safe Cycling Foundation

At Amy Gillett's public memorial service last Friday, South Australian Premier Mike Rann said his...

At Amy Gillett's public memorial service last Friday, South Australian Premier Mike Rann said his government would donate $50,000 to the Amy Gillett-Safe Cycling Foundation that was established after the road tragedy that killed her on July 18, 2005.

Premier Rann also announced the creation of the 'Amy Gillett Trophy', to be awarded to the overall winner of the women's criterium series that takes place during January each year at the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under.

"Amy's death is a huge loss to her family and friends, but also to the South Australian sporting community," Mr Rann told AAP.

Furthermore, representatives from the Bicycle Federation of Australia, Bicycle NSW, Bicycle Queensland and Bicycle South Australia pledged a further donation of $15,000 to the Amy Gillett-Safe Cycling Foundation fund.

Meanwhile, significant donations have also been received from Germany. Cycling Australia reported that the organisers of the German race that Amy Gillett was to appear in have transferred AUS$24,000 into the Foundation account.

This is the prizemoney from the event, the 2005 Thüringen Rundfahrt, where sponsors, riders and team management chose to donate to honour Amy's memory. The event organisers also opened an account in Germany to accept donations from the German public and will then transfer these funds to the Foundation.

The race "will be remembered as the Tour of Tears by all", wrote Larissa Kleinmann (Team Stuttgart/German National Team) in her tribute to the fallen rider.

(For further information about the Amy Gillett-Safe Foundation, please visit Cycling Australia's web site.)

Condolences and tributes

Cyclingnews has four pages of tributes from cyclists and supporters from around the world who've been affected by this tragedy. Please see: Amy Gillett: Tributes, 1976-2005, Part 1, and Part 2, Part 3 (posted July 21), Part 4 (posted July 22), and Part 5 (posted July 29).

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August 3: Rhodes and Yaxley out of intensive care
July 29: Amy Gillett's life recalled in moving service
July 28: Rhodes and Yaxley recovery 'amazing'
July 24: Yaxley improving, Rhodes still unconscious
July 21: AIS head 'optimistic' about recovery; 'Brownie' tries his best
July 19: Unprecedented carnage in GermanyJuly 18: Amy Gillett dead after crash in Germany

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