Formula 1 racing car, Dakar-winning KTM bike and exclusive sports equipment which has never thought to be on sale ever will be sold at the first Wings for Life Charity Auction on eBay from March 13-30, 2008. A Formula 1 racing car, the current Dakar-winning KTM bike, one of Felix Baumgartner’s jump suits, helmets from Thomas Morgenstern and Adam Malysz, Nicky Hayden and Shaun White – all of these items are original, signed and starting at 1 euro each. These and numerous other exhibits which have never thought to be on sale ever will be sold in March 2008 at an unprecedented charity auction on the eBay online marketplace. The revenues from the auction will go to the Wings for Life spinal cord research foundation.
3… 2… 1… Gone! – Those who are lucky here will receive something which is second-hand and has already been used, but which is also absolutely unique. Motorbike helmets from world champions Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa, ski-jump helmets from Olympic champions Adam Malysz and Thomas Morgenstern, equipment from Dakar winners and world-record holders, B.A.S.E. jumpers and surfing legends. One piece of equipment, however, makes even hard-core eBayers gape in amazement: A replica of David Coulthard’s Formula 1 racing car, the same as the one he competed with in the 2007 Grand Prix in England, will be sold at the eBay auction on March 23, 2008. Believe it or not, the premier class in motor racing will be available at a starting bid of 1 euro on eBay.
“Supported by numerous athletes, we will sell absolutely unique exhibits from the world of sports, and the revenues from the auction will be used to make further progress in the field of spinal cord research”, explains founder of Wings for Life, Heinz Kinigadner, enthusiastically. “When we started to ask for a few unusual items we soon came to realise that these people were more than willing to give us some of their personal memorabilia and trophies.” This way, more than 50 items – for example from the world of Red Bull – were gathered, catalogued and photographed, and will be offered for sale between March 13 and 30, 2008. During this period, the online marketplace eBay will become the global auction platform for the Wings for Life charity organisation. It remains to be seen if David Coulthard, Hermann Maier, Robby Naish and Travis Pastrana will be among the more than 100 million users, too. One thing is certain, however – they all contributed their share to the auction.
Even those eager to be up in the air will have their chance at the charity auction. A Red Bull Air Race Package for two persons including a flight with the series’ present world champion, Mike Mangold, will be on sale just as two city sightseeing flights in the Flying Bull’s historic DC 6 and B-25J aircrafts. Alternatively, you can also compete against the reigning Austrian football and ice hockey champions, participating in a friendly game of football against the FC Salzburg or taking part in an individual training session on ice with the Red Bulls.
Riding the waves like a pro with the board of a legend under your feet, being faster on your bike with the helmet of a six-fold Ironman Hawaii winner on your head or start carving like a god just because you’re riding the skis of an extreme skier – however, even those who treat these unique items with kid gloves and just put them in a show case can be sure to have contributed to helping more than 2.7 million people. This is the number of those who are bound to a wheelchair worldwide after having suffered a spinal cord injury. Every single euro from the Wings for Life Charity Auction will be invested in research activities and contributes to further progress being made.
The Wings for Life private foundation pursues one great goal: making sure that paraplegia no longer is a question of fate. Since 2004, the foundation supports international top scientists who are working on promising research projects which aim at finding a cure for spinal cord injuries. Being a non-profit organisation, the foundation depends on private donations, 100 percent of which are directly invested in research activities.
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