For the fourth year in succession, the Renault F1 Team is joining forces with Oxfam, to raise money for its work ending poverty and suffering in Brazil. The Renault F1 Team is providing unique items, including overalls and car parts, which are being auctioned online.
The auction is running for one month from January 27th and gives enthusiasts the opportunity to bid for collectible pieces of Renault F1 Team’s history, including signed Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella race suits, gloves and hats plus 10 signed and original car parts and a chance to visit the Renault F1 Team factory.
The money raised this year will once again go to Oxfam’s project providing water for poor communities in North Eastern Brazil, where 11 million rural people do not have access to clean water. The lack of clean water causes illness and disease and is a huge factor in the high infant mortality rate in the region. Ensuring access to a safe water supply is the vital priority and, in partnership with other organisations, Oxfam is implementing a huge project to build one million water tanks to collect rainwater in this region.
Michael Taylor, Oxfam's Marketing Manager, High Value Donated Gifts “These auctions have raised almost £50,000 for our work in Brazil, and Oxfam is extremely grateful for the Renault F1 Team’s commitment to this project. We are confident that this year’s auction will be as successful as the previous three years, particularly as the Renault F1 Team enjoyed such as fantastic season during 2005.”
Giancarlo Fisichella “This is a great opportunity to be able to help Oxfam’s vital work. We race in Brazil every year, and therefore felt it would make sense to be involved in this project."
The auction is being hosted by eBay and can be accessed via www.oxfam.org.uk/f1 or www.renaultf1.com. Around 5/6 items will be on sale at any one time, and each lot will be open for bids for 7 days. Items include:
* Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella race suits, gloves, balaclavas and vests (worn by the drivers during the 2005 season and complete with certificates of authenticity) and six signed team caps.
* Signed car parts including a pair of exhaust manifolds, an engine cover, rear wing, a rear wing end plate, a barge board, three magnesium wheel trims, and two pairs of gears all with certificates of authenticity.
* A visit for two to the Renault F1 Team Technical Centre in Oxfordshire guided by Technical Director Bob Bell.
Flavio Briatore “I am very pleased to know that some of the clothing that could save our drivers' lives during a Grand Prix can now be used to help other people. It is great that we can not only offer F1 enthusiasts a chance to buy these items but also raise money for this Oxfam project."