COURTNEY AND JELD-WEN DONATE $25,000 TO FLOOD RELIEF APPEAL

SATURDAY, JANUARY 15: V8 Supercar champion James Courtney in partnership with personal sponsor JELD-WEN Australia last night made a $25,000 donation to support Queensland flood victims.

The Toll Holden Racing Team driver announced the donation while attending the 'Mates In Need' street party on the Gold Coast to raise funds for the Premier's Flood Relief Appeal.

Courtney also donated a driving suit for a raffle during the event, while HRT donated two V8 Supercar 'hot lap' passenger rides with either Courtney or team-mate Garth Tander.

"The floods have been devastating," said Courtney. "Nigel Lapping (JELD-WEN Australia Chief Executive Officer), my team, and I all wanted to do something and hopefully our donations will help."

"There is so much work to do. I'm fortunate because the floods missed the Gold Coast, but just up the road in Brisbane, and elsewhere, there are thousands of people and families struggling to get everything cleaned up."

The floods have reportedly claimed 16 lives and a further 53 people are missing. A total of 83 Queensland communities were affected, with an estimated 26,000 homes and businesses in Brisbane flooded. Electricity has been cut to 70,000 homes, and more than 4,000 people are living in evacuation centres.

The 'Mates In Need' street party was held in the Tedder Avenue dining precinct in Main Beach and reportedly raised close to $1-million for the flood appeal. V8 Supercars donated $50,000.

Courtney attended a VIP party and others present included event organiser Katie Page-Harvey and husband Gerry Harvey, Mat Rogers from the Gold Coast Titans, Gary Ablett from the Gold Coast Suns AFL club, and former Miss Universe Australia Laura Dundovic.

Courtney, who joined HRT in December soon after clinching the 2010 championship title, begins his 2011 commitments on January 29 with a pre-season test at Eastern Creek in Sydney. The opening round of the championship is in Abu Dhabi from February 10-12.

-source: james courtneyPR