Singapore President to host pre-race charity luncheon 20 Aug 2008
As part of its historic staging of the first Formula One night race next month, Singapores President, His Excellency, S R Nathan, is to stage a special charity event at his official residence on the Friday prior to the Grand Prix.
The Presidents Challenge F1 Charity Luncheon will take place on September 26 on the lawns of the Istana, which occupies over 100 acres and is located along Singapores busy Orchard Road.
Sanctioned by Formula One Management as the only official event of the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix, its distinguished guests are set to include past and present Formula One world champions, current drivers and team principals, and a host of international celebrities.
Hospitality events during our Grand Prix would come no grander than this Presidents Challenge charity luncheon, where the racing teams will put their rivalries aside and come together for a good cause, said Mr Teo Hock Seng, chairman of Singapore GP Pte Ltd. The atmosphere at the Istana is bound to be one of high anticipation and excitement, especially since its on the eve of the Grand Prix weekend.
Apart from the opportunity of meeting the drivers face to face, guests will also be able to take part in a silent auction of two limited edition Chopard watches - a mens Tourbillion worth $250,000 and a ladies Happy Sport worth $30,000 - and other Formula One memorabilia.
Organisers hope to raise over $1 million for President Nathans ongoing charity programme, the Presidents Challenge, to which all proceeds will be donated.