Sheene lids raise £100,000 for CLIC
Arai Europe visited the MCN offices today, Tuesday, March 10, to present a cheque for £100,000 to Barry Sheene’s nominated charity Cancer and Leukemia in Children (CLIC)
Chief Executive of the charity, David Ellis, received the cheque, made out for 143695.61 Euros, which came from Arai’s limited edition Sheene replica helmets.
The helmets were only available by order from distributors, with around 650 being ordered and on Arai Astro J models. Each one was individually numbered and came with a certificate signed by Sheene’s widow, Stephanie.
Arai PR manager Derk Evers presented the cheque, alongside sales manager Ingmar Stroeven. Evers revealed that this could be the last memorial replica lid to be released by Arai, following the earlier Joey Dunlop memorial replica.
Stroeven said, " The Sheene helmet was sold at the same price as the standard helmet, but importers and ourselves donated our profits, which were around 270 Euros per helmet. The importers were happy to do it after they received a huge amount of interest from the public. "
CLIC’s David Ellis thanked Arai, MCN, and the UK motorcycling community for their generous contributions in helping the charity.
" To put it into real terms, this donation will fund three full-time nurses for a year. Not only do we care for children affected, but we also need to provide support for their families, without a single penny from the Government. I don’t want to take any money away from providing these services to fund PR campaigns, which is why the support of Barry, the press, and UK motorcyclists has been so important to what is Britain’s biggest children’s cancer charity. In addition to the donation from Arai, we’ve also received funds from the MCN poster campaign, and individual donations have flooded in. "
To find out more about CLIC’s work, visit www.clic.org.uk.