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Motor Enthusiasts Set To Drive Away With Exclusive Lots At Reach Out To Asia Charity Gala Auction

Doha, QATAR – As Qatar prepares to welcome celebrities from around the world for Reach Out To Asia’s (ROTA) 2nd Gala Dinner, speculation is growing about the record amount of funds likely to be raised at the accompanying charity auction – an event that promises to be a major feature of the evening’s programme.

Last year’s money-spinning auction, held at ROTA’s Inaugural Gala Dinner, raised a staggering $US10 million, following the sale of just a small number of exclusive lots.

Next week’s charity dinner, taking place at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel on November 4, features an auction listing a cache of the world’s finest jewellery, cars, bikes and memorabilia – a treasure trove of highly desirable artifacts and experiences!

All proceeds from the gala event, which will include celebrities from the world of sport, showbusiness, politics and Royalty, will go towards those in need in Asia. ROTA was founded by Qatar Foundation, a non-government organisation, together with Qatar Airways and the Doha Asian Games Organising Committee (DAGOC) to help the disadvantaged across the Asian continent.

Motor enthusiasts, in particular, should be delighted to see some amazing packages assembled, courtesy of the motor industry’s finest. All will go under the hammer at the very special auction.

From Qatar-based Al Fardan Group, an exclusive Reach Out To Asia Maserati Quattroporte Executive GT Sedan is on offer, plus First Class tickets for two to Italy, where the winning bidders will enjoy a tour of the Maserati factory, a drive on the test track, and dinner with Maserati President, Mr. Eugenio Alzati.

This truly unique vehicle, in a deep rich maroon finish with luxury cream leather interiors, is detailed with a subtle and stylish Reach Out To Asia signature from the factory, ensuring that it becomes a true collectable item.

A second, equally exciting day out is included in the same package. Donated by Ferrari Italy’s Director General, Jean Todt, the winning bidders will spend the day as guests of the Ferrari Formula One team and lunch with them at their Maranello headquarters. In addition, they will walk away with an overall from Formula One Ferrari Team driver, Felipe Massa and a very collectable replica Ferrari car.

Those preferring the thrill of only two wheels may want to hold their bids for the superfast Ducatti 999R Xerox ‘Superbike’ – a replica of that used by World Superbike Champion 2006, Troy Bayliss, with its tank autographed by the man himself. And, just to seal the deal, there will be an opportunity for the winning bidder to take a ride on the bike through Doha with Troy. Again, this lot is donated by the local Al Fardan Group.

Hollywood superstar Patrick Swayze, best known for his starring role in the romantic cult movie Dirty Dancing, is himself a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast. He will personalise another superb motorcycle by signing its fuel tank and donating one of his own signed leather Harley-Davidson bikers’ jackets to the highest bidder. Donated by Nasser bin Khaled & Sons, the jet black VRSCDX is a sleek, modern interpretation of the classic motorcycle from the legendary Harley-Davidson.

A terrific auction item in itself, Patrick has personally added to the package by providing the winning bidders with two First Class tickets to London to see him in his hit West End musical, “Guys ‘n Dolls” plus the chance to meet him backstage after the show.

Drag race enthusiasts are also catered for with a special package, which includes two First Class tickets to London, helicopter transfers to Santa Pod Raceway – the home of European drag racing and the chance to become possibly the fastest Gulf resident on four wheels behind the driving wheel of a 300 mph drag racer. Donated by Keith Bartlett, Chairman of Trakbak Racing and owner of Santa Pod Raceway, the VIP experience ends with seats at the drag racing stars’ Gala Awards Dinner and a chance to meet the drivers!


To donate to the Reach Out To Asia fund-raising drive, pledges can be made to the following account:-


Qatar National Bank, Doha, Qatar
Account: Reach Out To Asia
Account Number: 0035-004919-001

Doha-based Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of 110 aircraft by 2013 – almost double the existing size. Qatar Airways has ordered 80 Airbus A350s, 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter having started in November 2007. The airline is a launch customer of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five aircraft on order and scheduled for delivery from 2010. Qatar Airways moves to the New Doha International Airport in 2010, when the first phase of the new facility opens. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com

Qatar Airways is one of only six airlines in the world with a Five Star ranking for service and excellence awarded by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency. Skytrax also named Qatar Airways’ cabin crew as Best in the Middle East for the fifth year running in 2007 following a survey of more than 15 million passengers worldwide. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com

Qatar Airways Corporate Communications
Tel: +974 4496956, Fax: +974 4620132
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa

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