Holden has donated a set of “jaws of life” rescue equipment to Women For Wheels, an Australian motorsports fire and rescue organization that will provide emergency support during the Clipsal 500 Adelaide V8 Supercars races scheduled to take place February 26th – March 1st.
A volunteer-based non-profit that has evolved from the wives and girlfriends of motorsports participants with a passion to improve rescue facilities and expertise at events, Women For Wheels has grown into a group made up of 45 volunteers who cover up to 140 events throughout the motorsports calendar. Holden’s donation comes at a very opportune time, as the upkeep of rescue and safety equipment is quite expensive, requiring many donations before the organization could invest in new equipment.
“It takes a lot of fundraising for Women for Wheels to be able to invest in an extra set of rescue equipment, but with Holden’s donation we now have enough equipment to allow us to continue to provide an exceptional level of safety to competitors of motorsport and allow for further growth as a club into different and new events into the future,” said Liam Meegan, president of Women For Wheels. “On behalf of Women for Wheels, I can’t thank Holden enough for their generosity in supporting our organization and it reflects their commitment to motorsport in Australia also”.
“Motorsport is a part of Holden’s DNA, and we are equally committed to safety. It’s thanks to the dedication of fire and rescue volunteers that there’s such a high standard of safety at these events, which is why we’re so pleased to be able to support Women for Wheels”, wrote Holden’s Corporate Affairs Manager, Sophie Milic.
The new safety equipment will ensure Women For Wheels is ready for action this week during the Clipsal 500 Adelaide, where four safety vehicles and 35 volunteers will standby and work the event. We’re hoping that it won’t have to come to the jaws of life, though unfortunately, motorsports can be quite the unpredictable occasion.
Clipsal 500 Adelaide, commonly referred to as Clipsal 500 thanks to the naming rights from Clipsal, is annual motor racing event for V8 Supercars. The race is held on the streets of eastern Adelaide on a shortened version of the Adelaide Street Circuit, which was a former Australian Grand Prix track. The event is usually held over the course of four days in early March consisting of two 125 km races and one 250 km race that’s held on the last two days of the meeting. A Holden VF Commodore has won the event in 2013 and 2014, with Shane Van Gisbergen winning in 2013 and James Courtney in 2014.