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Brabham meets Blair

David Brabham and former Prime Minister Tony Blair joined the race to end Malaria deaths at a Los Angeles gala fundraising event to benefit Malaria No More.

Blair was guest of honour and spoke at the event in the USA, part of Brit Week LA, which raised an estimated $1million on Tuesday 21 April.

American Le Mans Series star Brabham attended the function at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills with his ALMS team Patron Highcroft Racing.

The Acura sports car squad, based in Connecticut USA, and its sponsor Tequila Patrón will donate $10 for every mile the team completes in the 2009 race season - approximately 4,500 miles – to Malaria No More.

Malaria is a preventable disease that kills a child in Africa every 30 seconds. A simple $10/£5 mosquito net can protect two children or a mother and baby, reducing the spread of the disease, saving lives and keeping families intact.

Brabham's efforts in the season's opening rounds with team-mate Scott Sharp, which include clinching Patron Highcroft and Acura's first LMP1 victory in the new ARX-02a at St Petersburg and second at Long Beach, have already clocked up $14,911.01 for the cause.

“It was great to be invited along to Brit Week and the Malaria No More gala fundraiser where I had the opportunity to meet Tony Blair,” said Brabham. “Mr Blair is working hard to bring people together – regardless of nationality, race or religion – to combat these issues. That is a concept I fully embrace and why I have a globe on the back of my helmet and the belt of my race suit, rather than a national flag.

“I'm really pleased to be a part of the movement to wipe out malaria. The staggering one million dollars raised at this event, together with Patron Highcroft Racing's Miles to End Malaria campaign, will help to save so many lives and entire generations of African families.”

Other event attendees included American Idol host, Ryan Seacrest; British Counsul, Bob and Sharon Pierce; Malaria No More Chairman, Peter Chernin; LA Mayor, Antonio Villairaigosa; Sarah Brown (wife of current Prime Minister, Gordon Brown); model Naomi Campbell and major rock act Daughtry who performed on the night.

World Malaria Day is this Saturday, 25 April – a day of unified commemoration of the global effort to provide effective control of malaria around the world.


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