This year’s North West 200 festival has raised £10,000 for the brand new Air Ambulance NI charity. The funds were raised through a pro-am golf tournament held between celebrities during the festival. The NW200 is an international festival held at Vauxhall every year. This year’s fundraising efforts at the festival were made to support an all-new medical flight charity in the region.
Celebrities Participated in the Medical Flight Fundraiser
For the pro-am golf tournament, several celebrities showed up to participate. Some of the celebrities who participated in the tournament were: footballers Sammy Clingan and Keith Gillespie, road racer Maria Costello, former Ulster Rugby stars Andy Ward and Stephen Ferris, and paralympic gold medalist Michael McKillop.
Other sports celebrities like snooker star Mark Allen and former world boxing champion Brian Magee also participated in the tournament. Along with the celebrities, several amateur golfers joined in on the effort to raise funds for Air Ambulance NI charity. The event took place back in May and the funds were recently presented to the authorities at Air Ambulance NI.
Air Ambulance NI Thanks Participants
Air Ambulance NI’s chairman Ian Crowe made a statement thanking the efforts of those who participated in the fundraising event. The medical flight charity was nominated as the North West 200’s chosen charity for 2016. The festival’s event managers, along with the Royal Portrush Golf Club, presented the generous sum to the Air Ambulance NI charity recently.
Every year, the North West 200 festival kicks off in the summer and raises funds through many events. The funds raised during the festival are then donated to a chosen charity of the year. The festival’s Event Director, Mervyn Whyte also expressed his gratitude towards participants of the event and also their keenness to continue supporting such charities in the future.