F1 drivers rally to 'Paint It Orange' for Richard Burns

F1 stars join a roster of WRC drivers to pledge their support for a charitable t-shirt campaign in memory of 2001 World Rally Champion, Richard Burns.
F1 drivers rally to 'Paint It Orange' for Richard Burns

Following the endeavours of the world's foremost rally drivers during the course of last weekend's Rally de Espana, F1 drivers have joined hands with the 'Paint It Orange' campaign in the run-up to this weekend's inaugural Indian Grand Prix in New Dehli.

The drivers, including among others Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Jenson Button and Mark Webber have been photographed wearing the commemorative 'Paint It Orange' t-shirt designed to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Richard Burns' World Rally title, a milestone that will be reached during the forthcoming Wales Rally GB.

By wearing and autographing the bright orange t-shirts, F1 drivers are helping to spread a viral campaign to encourage as many spectators as possible to buy and wear the limited edition t-shirt and create a sea of orange in Wales in November.

The autographed shirts will be auctioned for charity alongside a growing catalogue of unique motorsport items on Saturday night of Wales Rally GB.

The roll call of stars who have given their support for the campaign in the past week now extends from Sebastian Loeb and his cohort of competitor WRC drivers, including Mikko Hirvonen, Dani Sordo, Sebastian Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala, Kris Meeke, Ken Block, Matthew Wilson, Mads Ostberg, Henning Solberg and Hayden Paddon right across the F1 paddock to include Rubens Barrichello, Nico Rosberg, Heikki Kovalainen, Adrian Sutil, Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Jenson Button, Mark Webber, Pastor Maldonado, Jamie Alguersuari, Paul Di Resta, Narain Karthikeyan, Timo Glock, Daniel Ricciardo, Jarno Trulli and Sebastian Buemi.

The assembled mass of stars proudly wearing their commemorative Richard Burns shirts can be seen on the Richard Burns Foundation website and its Facebook pages, with one new driver's image released each day. The charity is promoting the sale of the commemorative t-shirts HERE and you too can rub shoulders with the stars by buying a shirt and posting your photo alongside the charity's growing number of celebrity supporters.

Pirelli's Paul Hembery, a trustee of the Richard Burns Foundation who helped orchestrate the F1 drivers' shoot said: "Motor racing has endured a tough couple of weeks and the contribution of F1 drivers to help support the Richard Burns Foundation is a great example of the sport coming together to give something back."

Four short years after reaching one of the pinnacles of international motor racing, Richard lost his life to an aggressive form of brain cancer. All funds raised from the 'Paint It Orange' campaign will help to address the startling lack of neurological provision in the UK. Neurological injury and illness is a bigger cause of serious disability in the UK than cancer, heart disease and diabetes put together.

Over a million people - half of these children and young adults - suffer a head injury every year. Alongside neuro injury, neurological illness has an incredible diversity of manifestations, from foetal diseases such as Spina Bifida, through to conditions that afflict the young, such as Cerebral Palsy and Meningitis; the unrelenting assault from neuro conditions continues through adult life, with brain tumours about 30 percent as common as breast cancer. And neuro illness follows us into old age, with the widespread incidence of conditions ranging from Parkinson's to Dementia and Alzheimer's.

As the official charity of the Wales Rally GB, a select number of t-shirts signed and endorsed by WRC and F1 drivers - along with other money can't buy auction lots - will be released for auction on Saturday night of the Wales Rally GB at a specially convened auction in Cardiff.

The ambition of the Richard Burns Foundation is to fund the first hospital-based Brain Centre, where members of public can access walk-in support and advice to provide guidance for the array of neurological conditions from MS, Motor Neurone Disease and Schizophrenia to Autism and stroke, to name but a few.

The Richard Burns Foundation is committed to supporting the Brain & Spine Foundation to spread the Brain Centre project nationally.

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