Ferrari online auction to raise funds for earthquake victims 31 May 2012
Ferrari have announced they will hold an online auction next week in aid of those affected by the two earthquakes which rocked Northern Italys Emilia-Romagna region in May.
A V8 engine and race helmets and suits from drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa will be amongst the Formula One-related memorabilia available to buy in the sale. The Scuderia will also auction a rare 599 XX Evo car, which has a commercial value of 1.3 million.
Although they emerged unscathed, the Italian team decided to suspend work at their Maranello factory for a day following a second quake on Tuesday. Seventeen people are thought to have died in this latest earthquake, whilst the first quake - nine days earlier - claimed seven lives.
As soon as news about the earthquakes came out, Ferrari clients and collectors from around the world spontaneously contacted the Maranello headquarters to offer their contribution, explained the team. Once again the generosity of Ferraris enthusiasts will enable the company to provide support to those most hit by the tragedy.
In recent years Ferrari have helped to raise money for another Italian region, Abruzzo, which was devastated by its own earthquake back in April 2009. They also contributed over 80 million Yen to build two after-school facilities in the Japanese city of Ishinomaki after last years devastating quake and tsunami in the Asian country.
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