Toyota to open factory for tsunami appeal

Toyota Motorsport GmbH has joined forces with the German Red Cross to open the doors of its Formula 1 factory to raise money for the Asian Tsunami appeal. From 10:00-17:00 on Sunday 23 January 2005, members of the public can visit the Toyota ...

Toyota Motorsport GmbH has joined forces with the German Red Cross to open the doors of its Formula 1 factory to raise money for the Asian Tsunami appeal.

From 10:00-17:00 on Sunday 23 January 2005, members of the public can visit the Toyota Motorsport factory in Cologne, Germany, to gain a unique insight into the operations of the Panasonic Toyota Racing team.

President of Toyota Motorsport, John Howett: "We were all shocked and horrified at the devastation caused by the Tsunami in Asia, so we felt compelled to do something to help. Toyota Motor Corporation has already donated over $3m to help, but we hope that our Open Doors event will offer something unique and exciting to the public, whilst contributing even further to vital relief efforts."

President of the German Red Cross, Dr. Rudolf Seiters said of the event: "We would like to thank Toyota Motorsport for the excellent fundraising initiative. Toyota has been close to the Red Cross, because it is a global company and represented in many regions - including south Asia where the recent tragedy occurred. Furthermore many of the vehicles we use for our operations are supplied by Toyota."

Entry to Toyota Motorsport will be a donation of €30 for adults and €20 for children (under 14). All proceeds will be transferred directly to the Red Cross in support of the Southeast Asian aid. Please note that it will not be possible to make any reservations beforehand.

A website has been set up specifically for the Open Doors event - www.toyota-f1-opendoors.com - where anyone interested in attending can find full information on the event as well as directions to and behind the scenes information on the Toyota Motorsport factory.

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