The Monster Energy BritishGP fans didn’t disappoint despite Day of Champions not running it’s usual schedule, with £123,000 raised at Silverstone for Two Wheels for Life over the weekend.
The British-based charity Two Wheels for Life - which helps fund vital medical work in some of the poorest and most remote areas of Africa - was overwhelmed by the support on show at Silverstone, especially after last year’s cancellation and the ongoing disruption to the usual weekend showcase.
With covid-19 rules in place to effectively seal off the paddock from the public, Two Wheels was forced to think of alternative ways of delivering a great event. Thanks to the assistance of MotoGP - official partner to the charity - and invaluable help from Monster Energy, Two Wheels was able to run live auctions, chat to riders through a live link and stage a Day of Champions Ride-In on Thursday, with fans turning up in their droves.
Overall, it was the live auctions, hosted by racing commentator Michael Hill that were the most successful, with £76,160 raised in total. Highlights from these auctions saw a pair Dainese boots belonging to Valentino Rossi sell for £10,000 and a signed Rossi fan club cap go for £3,200.
The chance to ride the Ducati MotoX2 two-seater sold for £3000, a raffle raised £9252, the Day of Champions Ride-In and VIP village raised a combined £29,431 and the helmet park added another £5877.
The grand total currently stands at £123,720 but there are still a series of online auctions running for just over a week and these will add more to the total. A link to the live auctions still running can be found by clicking HERE.
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“At a time where so many people are struggling with everything the pandemic has thrown at them, they were still able to show their support and help us with a phenomenal total that’s going to enable us to really help those most in need in Africa.”