Belfast Telegraph

World king Rea heads list of stars set for charity dinner

By Paul Lindsay

Recently-crowned back-to-back World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea is gearing up to join children’s charity Action Medical Research at its Celebration of Motorsport dinner on Friday, December 9 at the Culloden Hotel in Holywood.

The Ballyclare ace, who is currently in Italy and will soon travel to America on PR duties after retaining his World crown.

“Last year I got a standing ovation at the SPARKS dinner when introduced, which was a very humbling experience for me as the event covers both two and four wheels,” Rea told the Belfast Telegraph.

“Unfortunately, my wife and I had to rush off as our youngest son Tyler was unwell at the time, but I’m delighted to be returning to the Culloden again this year to support a superbly worthwhile charity and a great local motorsport event.”

Rea will be joined by motorsport racing legend John Surtees CBE at the SPARKS event, where the prime focus will be to help raise funds to save and change the lives of sick and disabled babies and children.

Also attending in support of Action Medical Research is record-breaking road racer Ryan Farquhar, who suffered serious injuries at the North West 200 in May. A long-time supporter of the charity, he took home the Contribution to Motorsport Award in 2013 and the SPARKS NI Motorsport Committee, which organises the event, is keen to welcome him back.

Dungannon-born World Rally star Kris Meeke is also set to attend.

Action Medical Research is currently funding research into meningitis, Down’s syndrome, epilepsy and premature birth, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

For further information and to obtain your ticket and get the chance to meet motorsport stars Rea, Surtees, Farquhar, McWilliams and Meeke, visit or email the NI Fundraising Manager Jenny Scullion on

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