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Wheldon auction raises over $600k

An online auction of entertainment and sporting memorabilia has succeeded in raising over $600,000 for the Dan Wheldon Family Trust Fund, organisers revealed on Friday.
An online auction of sporting memorabilia donated by celebrities and athletes from around the world has succeeded in raising $627,203 for the Dan Wheldon Family Trust Fund, the organisers have announced.

"We're beyond floored with the outpouring of love you have all shown!" the organisers said on their official Twitter account. "Couldn't have done it w/out you all! Words can't express our gratitude! ... Every little bit helped and will make a difference for the family!"

On his personal Twitter account, IndyCar driver Graham Rahal added: "I cant thank you all enough for your support of the Wheldons. It means the world to see all of you rally around and support them like this!

"It has been a huge joint effort of lots of people to make this happen, but when it all started I never thought this would be possible," he said, finishing off with: "Seriously in shock at the amount we raised ... Thnx."

The total only includes the items sold through the auction, and does not include any other non-auction donations otherwise contributed directly to the trust fund, which will be used to support the Wheldon family including the raising and education of his two young sons, Oliver and Sebastian.

Wheldon's wife Susie said in a statement that: "From the very beginning, I have been so overwhelmed by the outpouring of sympathy and the unwavering support of Dan's friends, his fans and from the racing community

"When Graham reached out to me with the auction total today, I was very touched by everyone's generosity. I want everyone to know how grateful I am and how much I appreciate everyone's kindness and their love.

"It means the world to our family, and I hope one day to personally thank all those who donated and purchased the auction items."

The idea for an auction was sparked off by Graham Rahal in the days following the tragic events at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on October 16, in which Dan Wheldon lost his life.

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Paul Craddock - Unregistered

January 16, 2012 10:38 PM

WOW! A phenomenal amount raised. What a top bloke Graham Rahal is. Glad i was able to do my little bit by winning an item in the auction. God bless DW & and I hope this gives his family security for their future.

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