Make A Wish Foundation and Martin Berry
Ferrari Challenge race driver to represent Make A Wish Foundation.
While couples celebrated Valentine’s Day all around the world, I made a trip over to the Sepang International Circuit (SIC), Malaysia, for a truly meaningful cause with Australia-born philanthropist and entrepreneur, Martin Berry. Having confirmed his participation in the full season of the 2017 Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific, Martin was also recently appointed as an ambassador for Make A Wish Foundation Singapore. (Find out more here)
Established in the United States back in 1980, the Make A Wish Foundation can now be found in over 40 countries spanning five continents. The foundation is dedicated to granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions by enriching their lives with hope, strength and joy. The Singapore affiliate was formed in 2002 and has granted over 1,200 wishes since. (Find out more here)
Having brought his first Wish Child, Joshua, who suffers from leukemia for a joyride on the streets of Singapore during Christmas last year, Martin began working with his second Wish Child, Primus, a month later. Knowing that Primus, who suffers from T-cell Lymphoma, has a passion for race cars and Formula 1, future plans include inviting Primus along with other Wish Children to watch Ferrari Challenge races. While that in itself may be considered a treat for many, Martin geared it up one notch further.
In the months leading up to the first race in April at Abu Dhabi, Primus alongside highly talented designer, Allison Jane Gray, began sketching possible designs for Martin’s helmet and his Ferrari 458 GT3 race car. The fruits of their labour was unveiled to the general public here at SIC, and we were honoured to have been invited to the event.
Shortly after the unveiling, VIPs and guests were invited to ride shotgun as Martin took his Ferrari 458 GT3 race car out onto the circuit for an hour of hot laps. Stay tuned as we follow Primus and his journey with Martin in the months to come!