Day of Champions raises £217,000 for Riders for Health

Friday, 22 June 2007

Day of Champions, official MotoGP charity Riders for Health's key fundraising event of the year, broke their own record at this year's event with a massive £217,000 raised.

Day of Champions, official MotoGP charity Riders for Health's key fundraising event of the year, broke their own record at this year's event with a massive £217,000 raised.

Smashing last year's total by over £40,000, much of the money raised came courtesy of the riders auction at Donington Park, in which all the stars from MotoGP donated personal effects to the highest bidders. £90,150 was collected in just four hours on Thursday afternoon.

Amongst the items up for grabs were five signed paintings of Valentino Rossi – each going for £6000, Nicky Hayden and Michael Owen's Tissot watches, Dani Pedrosa's 2006 race winning leathers, and the Long Way Down and Suzuki Experience packages which went for a combined £15,800.

Speaking on stage at the auction, which was part of a number of activities taking place at Day of Champions, Riders co-founder and CEO Andrea Coleman thanked everyone involved for their magnificent work, which will go a long way to help worthy causes in Africa.

"We are all in the family of motorcycling, and we are all in this together, so thank you very much. Everybody in the paddock has helped to make Day of Champions 2007 the most successful ever. Riders for Health is already helping almost 11 million people across Africa and, thanks to our supporters in MotoGP, we will be able to reach even more this year," she said.

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