When Ben Clark (15) set his sights on travelling to South Africa in the summer of 2014 with 12 of his Boys Brigade team members, to support charity Urban Saints, his personal fund-raising target seemed like a big ask. But now, after working hard to do odd-jobs, selling cakes & packing bags at Waitrose, Ben brings to his campaign a ‘once in a lifetime’ prize that will hopefully accelerate him to raising the £1600 required.
The highest bidder on this silent auction (Place a bid here) will secure an adrenalin packed day out for 2 people to join Houseman Racing as a personal guest of Rob Houseman Team Principle – attending the final round of the British Touring Car Championship on Sunday 12th October 2014 at Brands Hatch Racing Circuit.
The prize consists of a meet-and-greet buggy service at the entrance gate and 2 VIP Passes to the Paddock which will be the base for the day. Breakfast will be served, followed by a tour of the pit garage and the winners will then accompany the team on a grid walk* at the start of one of the three races throughout the day (*subject to TOCA acceptance). After race one has finished lunch will be served in the hospitality unit, with the driver making a guest appearance to conduct a personal Q&A session – this element is however subject to race commitments. The VIP Paddock Pass will enable them to stay close to the team action throughout the afternoon, during which an afternoon tea will be served.
The winner will be announced on 1st August 2014. The winner is the person who has bid the most money by midnight on 31st July 2014.
“These Race Days are traditionally by invitation only so this really is a ‘money can’t buy’ opportunity and I am over the moon at Houseman Racing’s support,” said Ben. “I wanted to do this trip to South Africa because I desperately want to help out those less fortunate and I expect that this experience will change my life for the greater good. Dad says I will go to South Africa a boy but a young man will come back!”
During his trip, Ben will be helping to build houses and running a daily kids club for local children. To add even more of charitable twist to the story, the entire team has agreed to aim to raise more than is needed in order to support any members that don’t quite hit their personal targets.
If the race day doesn’t appeal to you, but you would still like to support Ben’s fund-raising efforts please visit:
The Urban Saints Re-Build South Africa 2014 Project.
A team drawn from groups connected with Urban Saints all across the UK and beyond will travel to Delmas/Botleng in South Africa. In partnership with Amor Ministries they will work to build houses for families living in the township, run a kids club for up to 300 children through the week, and serve an AIDS/HIV orphanage. The cost of building the house is provided by the team which builds it. The African family is required to own the land on which their house is built, and to level and prepare the ground. The team builds the house from foundations slab to roof in 6 hard days of labour.