The William Wates Memorial Trust exists to celebrate the life of William Wates who was tragically killed when travelling in South America. The Trust is a grants giving registered charity set up in 1998 with a mission to help the most disadvantaged young people keep away from a life of crime and violence, and fulfill their potential. This is mainly achieved by supporting charities that engage young people through the mediums of sports, arts and education.
In 2006 the Tour de Force was the biggest fund raising event that the Trust had ever undertaken. The idea for the event was conceived in early 2005 and in June 2006 almost 100 riders tackled one or more stages of the world’s most fearsome cycle race, Le Tour de France.
What is it about the Tour de Force that makes it so special? It is perhaps not one single factor but a combination of many. For the small group of “Lifers” it taps into a passion for cycling. For some it might be the desire to commit to a once in a life challenge that might also be life changing. Certainly it is life reaffirming to travel through some of the most beautiful country in the world. But fundamentally, at the beginning of it all, is the William Wate Memorial Trust and its important message. It is very clear, that the concept of the Tour de Force and its potential for change is going to grow from strength to strength. Just to be involved in some way has been an inspiring and moving experience and in every way a privilege.
To all of you who have supported Luke by on line and off line donations we would like to say thank you on behalf of the William Wates Memorial Trust. To those of you who will be supporting Luke’s post Tour fundraising, thank you. To the Tour de Force organisers and support team, thank you. If you have not been able to lend your support, there is still time to do so, simply follow this link where you can donate online to help Luke reach his fundraising target for the William Wates Memorial Trust. Tour Defiance Fundraising Page