Eight beneficiaries from Club Rainbow had an up close and personal session on motorsports from Lewis Hamilton ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix, courtesy of tyre supplier Bridgestone.

Club Rainbow (Singapore) is a registered charity committed to helping children and youths suffering from a range of chronic and life-threatening illnesses, and the guests - all aged between 12-19 - were given a tour at the McLaren team garage and given an insight to the intricate preparation for the race vehicles. The highlight of their visit was the exclusive meeting with Hamilton, who shared more about the sport with them. The beneficiaries then presented a hand-made gift to Hamilton and had pictures taken with him to mark the memorable visit.

"The buzzing excitement of the F1 race is best experienced 'live' in person - with the sights, sounds and adrenalin rush," Bridgestone Asia Pacific president Kunihiko Umemoto commented, "We are glad to bring the children and youths from Club Rainbow out for a remarkable time at the Singapore Grand Prix and to give them a rare
glimpse of the workings behind the scenes."

To top the day off, the group was treated to a grandstand view of first practice on the Marina Bay circuit, where Hamilton featured among the leading times.

"Life is not about the breaths that we take each moment, but of breathtaking moments," Club Rainbow president Gregory Vijayendran insisted, "This is a spectacular and special outing for these Rainbow children - to see Lewis Hamilton in person, take part in a unique tour and come up close and personal to the thrills and spills of F1. With Children's Day around the corner, thank you Bridgestone for giving our kids this rare treat and remarkable time."

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