Highcroft Racing news 2010-05-23

HIGHCROFT CONTINUES THE RACE ON WORLD MALARIA DAY Malaria No More DANBURY, CT, Friday, 23rd April, 2010: Patron Highcroft Racing may have won the most recent round of the American Le Mans Series at Long Beach last week, but the championship ...

HIGHCROFT CONTINUES THE RACE ON WORLD MALARIA DAY

Malaria No More

DANBURY, CT, Friday, 23rd April, 2010: Patron Highcroft Racing may have won the most recent round of the American Le Mans Series at Long Beach last week, but the championship winning squad is continuing a drive to be victorious in an even larger battle - the fight to end malaria.

Last Sunday David Brabham and Simon Pagenaud were celebrating their Long Beach win from the previous day, but this Sunday they'll be urging race fans around the world to join them on World Malaria Day to help fight the disease.

Every 30 seconds, a child dies in Africa from this totally preventable disease. A simple $10 bed net can protect a family from mosquitos which carry the malaria virus.

Highcroft and Malaria No More joined forces last year in the Miles to End Malaria campaign which raised nearly $65,000 over the course of the 2009 championship season. David Brabham also became an ambassador for Malaria No More UK - his charity karting event at the Autosport Show in Birmingham, England in January making further great strides to raise funds and awareness for the disease.

For 2010, fans can join the fight in the US by texting the word "MILES" to 85944 and a $10 donation will be added to their phone bill. *

Fans also will be able to back the program as a member of the Miles to End Malaria 'Pledging Pit Crew' - selecting a one-off donation of $10, $20, $50, $100, $250 and $500 via the www.milestoendmalaria.org website.

Fans can also contribute up to $5,000 for the cause - putting them in the draw to win a one-in-a-lifetime VIP weekend with the team at an American Le Mans Series race.

Fans across the US had an insight into the horror of malaria deaths on American Idol's "Idol Gives Back" this past Wednesday. The annual event raised more than $140 million with Malaria No More one of the beneficiaries of the major charity event.

"Anyone who saw "Idol Gives Back" on Wednesday couldn't help but be touched it. To see a class room full of young children in Africa be asked if they knew anybody who had died of malaria and virtually every hand went up - that was just staggering," David Brabham said.

"When my kids go to sleep at night, I don't have to worry about a mosquito bite making them critically ill by the following morning.

"The fact that a $10 net is all it takes to help keep a family safe is remarkable. I applaud the efforts by all the team at Malaria No More and hope the fans will join us in this fight."

This third World Malaria Day is set to be even bigger and better than last year. The ongoing Roll Back Malaria Partnership campaign 'Counting Malaria Out' aims to intensify global efforts to reach important milestones set by the Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP).

"We're so glad to have Patron Highcroft Racing on the team to end malaria deaths," said Scott Case, CEO of Malaria No More.

"Like 'Idol Gives Back', the Highcroft team helps us shine a bright spotlight on the malaria crisis with their support of Malaria No More. This World Malaria Day, we're hoping all race fans join us in refusing to accept a single death from malaria."

Patron Highcroft Racing currently are joint leaders of the 2010 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron. Next up for the team is the third round of the 2010 title chase at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on May 22.

*A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Messaging & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on most carriers. Donations are collected for the benefit of "Malaria No More" by the Mobile Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at www.hmgf.org/t. You can unsubscribe at any time by replying STOP to short code 85944; Reply HELP to 85944 for help.

-source: phr

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Series ALMS , Charity
Drivers David Brabham , Simon Pagenaud