During 2002/3, Shane Warne had been doing a lot of charity work but didn’t feel the amount of time he was putting in was reflected by the benefits gained by the charities he was supporting. He felt he was spreading himself too much and wanted to be able to make a bigger contribution. He thought that this may be possible through starting his own foundation.
The idea gathered momentum in 2003 when Shane went on a trip that changed his life in many ways. He accompanied a group of children on the Challenge Trip of a Lifetime to the USA and was genuinely moved by the experience.
He returned home determined to start his own foundation and call on his friends and contacts to unite in the common cause of enriching the lives of seriously ill and underprivileged children and teenagers in Australia”.
Once he began his search for other like-minded individuals who were equally motivated about genuinely making a difference, he was amazed by the response.
People such as Lloyd Williams, John Ilhan, James Packer and David Coe shared Shane’s vision and donated a considerable amount of money each to start the foundation.
Ann Peacock, Garry Lyon, Rob Sitch and Ray Martin also believed in the concept and put themselves forward to join Shane on the board.
In 2004, The Shane Warne Foundation was officially launched.
Since then, TSWF has grown and we are very proud of what has been achieved, however, we are still determined we can do more.
Over the years we have had to say goodbye to a very kind man in John Ilhan, who we all miss very much.
We have also had a couple of changes to our board as Ray and Rob had to relinquish their positions due to a change in circumstances which prevented them from being able to give the time they wanted to TSWF. In their place, Andrew Bassat and Glenn Robbins have joined our board and both have already given so much.