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North West 200’s road to speedy £15k for charity

By Jim Gracey

Read on if you're involved in charity work and looking for a golden opportunity to earn a virtually guaranteed £15,000 for your cause.

The Coleraine & District Motor Club organisers of Northern Ireland's biggest sporting event are seeking a charity partner for next year's Relentless International North West 200 road races set to take place on May 12 or 19, 2012.

Each year the North West 200 team gives a charity, large or small, the opportunity to tap into a full range of fundraising opportunities during Race Week and on Race Day itself.

Over the past decade NW200 visitors and fans have helped raise in excess of £200,000 for locally based charity projects.

The week-long event attracts over 100,000 visitors and its’ busy pits and paddock area offers excellent fund-raising potential.

This year’s charity, the ‘Caring Caretaker’, run by Coleraine man David Boyle raised £15,000 for David’s nominated charities.

NW200 technical director Mervyn Whyte explained: “Davy, whose day job focuses on looking after Coleraine Town Hall, embarked on an amazing series of initiatives during the build up to this year’s race and, despite challenging weather conditions on the day, raised a phenomenal cash fund for local charity groups.

“Over the last number of years we’ve partnered with many local organisations including Action Cancer, NSPCC, Macmillan Cancer Support, Childline, Save the Children, NI Cancer Fund for Children and NI Hospice.”

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