TeamVodafone fans help raise awareness for Lifeline

With September 10 marking 'World Suicide Prevention Day' TeamVodafone and their legion of loyal fans are joining forces at V8 Supercar events around the country to raise awareness for Lifeline and suicide prevention.

The leading Ford team recently introduced a new system for fans wishing to access the Teams on-track driver signings and launched a limited edition autograph card which features Lifeline key messaging.

A maximum of 150 cards are distributed for each autograph session and are available for collection from the TeamVodafone merchandise unit, with fans invited to make a voluntary gold coin donation to Lifeline when they collect their cards.

At the two events the autograph cards have already been in use, TeamVodafone fans have shown overwhelming support for the new format with over 90% of participants making a voluntary donation.

Running with the motto 'keep your mate in the race' the Team hopes to raise awareness amongst V8 Supercar supporters, their friend's and colleagues.

Team driver Jamie Whincup praised the public's response to the initiative and acknowledged this was the first time a V8 Supercar team had engaged fans in such a way.

"The response from the general public has been absolutely fantastic," said Whincup.

"While we encourage our fans to make a voluntary gold coin donation many of them have been donating a lot more."

"After the teams first hand experience dealing with the tragedy of suicide we hope by raising awareness we can help to save at least one life," Whincup stated.

This system will remain in place for all TeamVodafone autograph sessions at V8 Supercar events until the end of the 2007 season.

If you feel you or someone you know may be at risk or just need someone to listen call Lifeline now on 13 11 14

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