Supercars star Scott Pye has become an ambassador of children’s charity Feel the Magic.
The program supports children and teens aged 7-17 who have lost a parent, sibling or legal guardian, providing grief education and support to allow them to heal and grow.
Pye was 19 when his father Robert lost a two-year battle with lung cancer.
The now 29-year-old Pye describes his late father as his “best mate”, having travelled the country together during his karting days and early Formula Ford career.
Pye and his father preparing a go-kart
After his father’s death, Pye went on to race open-wheelers in Europe, before returning to Australia to carve out a career in Supercars.
Pye attended a Feel the Magic fundraising dinner last year, which inspired him to do more to help children overcome adversity and live out their dreams.
“Having lost my father at 19 I can understand the difficulties of overcoming the feeling of loss and grief whilst not having a support network that could understand what I was going through,” he said.
“It is an honour and privilege to be an ambassador for Feel the Magic, a program dedicated to helping overcome the challenges and changes in your life that losing a loved one will cause.”
Pye’s role with the charity will include attending its Camp Magic program, which brings bereaved children and their families together.
“It’s a cause that is pretty close to me, so I want to be actively involved, as well as promoting Feel the Magic in any way that I can,” added Pye.
Driving for Walkinshaw Andretti United, Pye is currently in his seventh full-time Supercars season.
He scored a maiden race win at Albert Park last March, which he dedicated to his late father.