An initiative recently announced will result in $5 from every pre-purchased Ticketek sale to this year’s ITM400 Hamilton V8 Supercars Championship street race being donated to the Red Cross Relief Fund.
The joint venture between V8 Supercars Australia, Hamilton and New Zealand’s V8 Supercar host broadcaster TV3, will use New Zealand’s largest annual sporting event to raise funds for those in Christchurch whose lives have been severely affected by the February earthquake.
Already V8 Supercars is planning major awareness drives at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide in front of a crowd upwards of 270,000 people and a television audience of 117 countries when all 28 Championship cars will display a Silver Fern and “Christchurch” in place of the V8 Supercar logo in the rear quarter window.
New Zealand’s longest serving Kiwi team Stone Brothers Racing has also announced they will run a specially designed livery on all three of their cars to encourage people to donate to the relief fund.
To add to the potential funds raised it was also announced that, single day passes for the ITM400 Hamilton are available. Prices range from $28 for a Friday pass through to $73 for a Saturday or Sunday day pass, inclusive of the ZZ Top and Good Charlotte concerts.
Tony Cochrane, Chairman of V8 Supercars, said since the disaster struck New Zealand everyone involved immediately wanted to use the upcoming event to do something significant for the people of Christchurch.
“We have all been watching the disaster in Christchurch unfold with complete disbelief – it is an absolute tragedy. With so many New Zealanders in our sport and the ITM400 being such a great part of our Championship we felt it was fitting to lend a hand. (more…)