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Newly created Rally Team for Dreams is helping kids make a wish upon a car
Rally car drivers, Andrew Frick and Ryan Scott (of Schumacher Place), are racing off to Mexico in support of a good cause – helping kids whose lives are impacted by HIV/AIDS. Their Rally Team for Dreams is launching a first-of-its-kind plan as they head for the World Rally Championship Corona Rally Mexico, March 1-6, 2011. Rally Team for Dreams is dedicating every inch of space on their car to a unique fundraising effort, selling more than 10,000, 1×1 inch blocks for $5 each to drive donations of $12,000 – $27,000 to help support kids going to Camp Sunrise. “Rally Team for Dreams is a vehicle – both literally and figuratively – to fulfill dreams,” explains Scott. “It’s a way for us to take a traditionally self-centered pursuit and use it for the greater good – while inviting the world to join the team.”
“We love rally and are well aware that we are sort of perpetually living out this little boy fantasy,” says Frick. “We get to build cars, drive fast, get dirty. It’s awesome. And we’re lucky to have been able to grow up and do what we always wanted to. But not every kid gets that chance.” Children impacted by HIV/AIDS have dreams, too: safety, stability, and acceptance. But the harsh reality is that they face the world as underdogs nearly every day, at risk even beyond their disease. They deal with issues like poverty, violence, and prejudice. In some cases, these children are even ostracized from their family and friends.
Ohio’s only summer camp for children impacted by HIV/AIDS, Camp Sunrise was created in 1994 to provide critical support to children as they struggle with the challenges associated with the disease through a weeklong program of therapeutic understanding and support. “Camp Sunrise is thrilled to be partnered with Rally Team for Dreams to support this special program dedicated to empowering children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS,” says Cheryl Foley, RN, Executive Director. “Camp Sunrise is a place where any child who is living with HIV or AIDS, has a sibling or parent with the disease, or is grieving the loss of a loved one to the virus, can experience the joy of being a kid. It’s a chance for these kids to be themselves and have fun without the fears or worries they shoulder the rest of the year.”
Considered to be the pinnacle of motorsports, the World Rally Championship (WRC) challenges drivers to some of the most extreme driving conditions at speeds of up to 135mph. The Corona Rally Mexico is the 2nd fixture of the 2011 season and the only one being held in North America.
To learn more about Rally Team for Dreams and how you can contribute, please visit www.rallyteamfordreams.org,
or Facebook at http://on.fb.me/RallyTeamforDreams.
To learn more about Camp Sunrise, visit www.sunrisekids.org.