Jarno Trulli hosted a charity auction in the town of Monza last night, raising Euro 300,000 for his Abruzzo nel Cuore appeal.
Trulli has spent the past six months raising funds to help the victims of April's earthquake in the Italian region of Abruzzo, Jarno's birthplace. Through the website www.abruzzonelcuore.net
and a charity football game, he had already raised around Euro150,000.
That fund was significantly increased last night in Monza when memorabilia from Trulli, Giancarlo Fisichella, Brawn, Ferrari, McLaren, Red Bull, Renault and Williams, as well as a unique Audemars Piguet watch designed and donated especially for the occasion, was put up for auction in front of an exclusive VIP audience of around 100.
Among the lots was a Trulli racing helmet, which was sold for Euro 40,000 to two of the most dedicated fans of Panasonic Toyota Racing and Jarno; a Japanese couple who regularly attend overseas events to lend their support.
The Abruzzo nel Cuore appeal now has a grand total of around Euro 450,000, which will be put towards reconstructing the affected areas and the use of this money will be personally overseen by Trulli.
A similar auction will be held around the Singapore Grand Prix weekend, featuring items from Mark Webber, David Coulthard and Kazuki Nakajima.