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Motor Mouth articles 2011

Come and help if you’re in the pink

 

IF you happen to own one of the country’s 7,569 pink cars, a very worthwhile charity could really do with your help.

The dedicated band of volunteers who run the Little Princess Trust are inviting you to take part in their annual Pink Car Rally to help raise funds.

Money raised by this fledgling charity is used to buy real hair wigs for children, aged from two to 18, who have lost all their hair, usually as a result of chemotherapy.

Each year the rally sets off in procession from the Trust’s base in Hereford and heads for a major children’s hospital.

In the first run, back in 2008, a total of 15 pink vehicles travelled to Bristol; the following year the entry for the drive to Birmingham had grown to 29; and last year the pink parade stretched to 39 cars and a pink National Express coach for the journey to Oxford.

Organiser and leading light among the volunteers, Sali Gray, is hoping to attract even more entries for this year’s rally, which will go from Hereford to the children’s hospital in Cardiff on Sunday 4th September.

“Pink car owners have come from as far away as Scotland, North Wales, Sussex and Lancashire to take part in previous rallies,” says Sali, herself the proud owner of a vivid pink Nissan Micra C&C.

“I bought it in 2006, simply because I fell in love with it. Around the same time, I read about a new children’s charity, called the Little Princess Trust. It was started by a couple who lost their little girl to cancer.

“She found losing her hair very traumatic and her parents had great difficulty in sourcing a realistic-looking wig for her. Finding specialist, high-quality wigs for children was very difficult and only after a long search was a suitable company found.”

The route for the rally is strictly ‘on road’ and the participants drive in convoy and within speed limits.

People without pink cars can get involved by buying a ticket for the pink coach for the return trip from Hereford to Cardiff. They are £20 each and the passengers will each receive a Pink Car Rally T-shirt. 

The first stop will be at the Merthyr Tydfil Asda store which is making it a special fundraising day, with all staff clad in pink and organising various activities to benefit the charity.

Sali is hoping that next year’s fifth anniversary Pink Car Rally will go the length of the land, from Land’s End to John O’Groats, with pink vehicles joining in and peeling off along the route.

There’s a nice video clip showing excerpts from last year’s rally on the website at pink-car-rally.com. The Trust website is littleprincesses.org.uk. You can make a donation at justgiving.com/sali-gray. Sali can be contacted at 01452 618899 or 07974 771746 or email: sali@business-advancement.co.uk

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