Jamie Whincup and Troy Bayliss for Youngcare

Two of Australia's biggest motor racing identities, Jamie Whincup and Troy Bayliss will on Wednesday swap their helmets for a harness and a rope to abseil down an 18 story inner-Brisbane building to raise money and awareness for ...

Two of Australia's biggest motor racing identities, Jamie Whincup and Troy Bayliss will on Wednesday swap their helmets for a harness and a rope to abseil down an 18 story inner-Brisbane building to raise money and awareness for Youngcare.

Youngcare is a Brisbane-based charity formed to provide relevant and dignified lifestyles for young Australians with high care needs, many who have an illness or injuries that will affect them for the rest of their lives.

The latest fundraising initiative will see defending V8 Supercar Champion, Whincup and three-time World Superbike Champion, Bayliss join some of the nation's leading sportspeople to abseil down 40 Creek Street, which is being refurbished by construction companies, Built and Charter Hall.

The public is being urged to get behind the project by logging onto http://www.everydayhero.com.au/jamie_whincup or http://www.everydayhero.com.au/troy_bayliss and sponsoring Whincup or Bayliss as they prepare for the abseiling challenge.

Whincup, who won the opening round of the 2009 V8 Supercar Championship said he was looking forward to being part of the activity which will help raise money to build Youngcare's second apartment complex on the Gold Coast.

"Youngcare does a fantastic job for young people with high care needs and I think the abseiling challenge is a fun and innovative way to help raise money and awareness for the charity which keeps on going from strength-to-strength," Whincup said.

"I'm calling on all V8 Supercar fans out there to log onto the website and to sponsor myself or Troy [Bayliss] prior to the challenge to help such a worthy cause," he added.

Other sports people participating in the challenge include World Cup Rugby Legend, Tim Horan, Former Rugby League Player, Ben Ikin, Australian Netball Champion, Vicki Wilson and Captain of the Brisbane Lions, Jonathan Brown.

The abseiling challenge will commence at 7am on Wednesday April 8, 2009 with Whincup and Bayliss scheduled to scale the building at 9.30am.

-credit: youngcare

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Series V8SUPERCARS , CHARITY , WSBK