Kelly Racing helps Very Special Kids

KELLY RACING HELPS VERY SPECIAL KIDS REVEAL ONE MILLION DOLLAR PIGGY BANK Kelly Racing V8 Supercar drivers Todd Kelly, Rick Kelly and Jason Bargwanna have helped the team's official charity for this season, Very Special Kids, reveal the total ...

KELLY RACING HELPS VERY SPECIAL KIDS REVEAL ONE MILLION DOLLAR PIGGY BANK

Kelly Racing V8 Supercar drivers Todd Kelly, Rick Kelly and Jason Bargwanna have helped the team's official charity for this season, Very Special Kids, reveal the total funds raised in the 2010 Piggy Bank Appeal in Melbourne today.

The three former Bathurst winners drove into today's function in Malvern in a Rock Racing Commodore and Kelly Racing Holden ute full of the pink piggy banks that are the hallmark of the campaign.

Along with Seven Network Melbourne newsreader Peter Mitchell, the drivers then revealed that a whopping $1,090,600 has been raised by the 2010 Piggy Bank Appeal, including a donation from proceeds raised at Kelly Racing's Open Day earlier this month.

"It was great to be a part of today's unveil and to help our friends at Very Special Kids crack the $1million mark," said Rick Kelly.

"Everyone involved with Very Special Kids deserves a massive pat on the back because to raise such a massive amount for such a great cause really is a huge achievement.

"It's nice that the staff and supporters of Kelly Racing could also contribute in our own small way with the proceeds from our 2010 Open Day."

Both Todd Kelly and Jason Bargwanna were especially pleased to be a part of today's event, with both drivers also parents.

"Bargs and I are both very lucky to have healthy kids to go home to each night after work, so it's a really big thing for us to help a charity like this," said Todd Kelly.

"Very Special Kids does outstanding work in our community and to raise over $1million with this latest campaign is absolutely outstanding."

David Agnew, Chief Executive Officer of Very Special Kids, was thrilled with the final result.

"On behalf of the staff, volunteers and the more than 850 families supported by Very Special Kids, we would like to thank the Victorian community for the outstanding effort that resulted in $1,090,600.00 being raised for the 2010 Piggy Bank Appeal," said Agnew.

The biggest annual fundraiser for Very Special Kids, the Piggy Bank Appeal is held in September. The money raised in the 2010 Piggy Bank Appeal means that Very Special Kids can continue to support more than 850 families of children with life threatening illnesses.

VSK's giant piggy banks, Penelope, Percy, Princess, Patrick and George, travelled a total of 9,000 kilometers over 25 days throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria in search of donations from generous Victorians, including visiting Kelly Racing's Braeside facility for the team's Open Day on October 3.

About Very Special Kids:

Very Special Kids is a unique organisation that supports families throughout their experience of caring for children with life-threatening illnesses, from diagnosis through to recovery or bereavement. Such illnesses include a range of neuro-degenerative, genetic and rare conditions, muscular dystrophy and cancer. Sadly, many of these children will not reach adulthood.

Very Special Kids provides practical and emotional support for the child, the parents and the siblings through a team of professional staff and a network of trained volunteers. Services include:
- care at Very Special Kids House, Victoria's first and only children's hospice, providing planned and emergency respite and end-of-life care;
- counselling and emotional support;
- trained family support volunteers;
- hospital visiting;
- sibling support programs and family activities; and
- a bereavement support program

It costs $4.5 million a year to run Very Special Kids including $1.3 million to operate Very Special Kids House. More than 75% of Very Special Kids' annual operating cost comes from fundraising, community events and other activities.

Currently, Very Special Kids supports more than 850 families across Victoria. Very Special Kids relies heavily on the generosity of the community to fund its services which are provided free of charge to families from its main office in Malvern and six offices located in regional and rural Victoria.

-source: kelly racing

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Series Supercars , Charity
Drivers Rick Kelly , Jason Bargwanna , Todd Kelly