Rizla Suzuki raised nearly £6000 for the Riders for Health charity at the annual ‘Day of Champions’ event held at the British Grand Prix on Thursday.
The yearly event is a fund raiser for the charity that supports health workers in Africa to reach remote places, through the use of motorcycles. Rizla Suzuki has been a regular contributor to the event in the UK, as well as the Riders for Health days held in America and Spain, and this year was no exception as it donated a special VIP experience. The lucky winner of the auction will get a lap of the Silverstone circuit on Friday evening – after the first day’s practice – on a Suzuki scooter piloted by MotoGP star Álvaro Bautista. They will also have the chance to meet the team and watch the practice session from the Rizla Suzuki pit-box and join Bautista for dinner – as well as having their special day recorded by MotoGP photographers ‘Gold and Goose’.
Bautista joined in on the act and auctioned the boots that he was wearing when he had his unfortunate crash at Qatar earlier this year. His donation of the Sidi boots – that he autographed for the lucky winner – went for a very respectable £500. Bautista will be joining Riders for Health later in the year on a trip to Africa to see first-hand how the money raised at this event is put to good use, helping millions of people across that continent receive regular and reliable health care.
Rizla Suzuki’s Team Manager Paul Denning also donated another experience of a VIP day with his Samsung Crescent Racing British Superbike team. This will give the winner the chance to meet John Hopkins and the team at a race of their choice and get up-close-and-personal with the BSB team. This fantastic gift was sold for £2200, to give a grand total of £5800 toward the Riders for Health charity.
Riders for Health’s vision is of a world in which the poor do not suffer and die for lack of access to health care and other vital services, simply because they are isolated by distance or terrain. It manages and maintains the motorcycles used in the delivery of health care and other vital services to rural communities in Africa on a planned, preventive basis so that the vehicles do not break down however difficult the conditions. For more details on Riders for Health and to be able to donate online, just CLICK HERE