Bernie Ecclestone makes tsunami victims gesture
Friday 07 October 2011
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has spent around £1million to ensure victims of the tsunami that devastated north-eastern Japan earlier this year get to see Sunday's grand prix.
Ecclestone has bought 3,000 tickets at an average price of 35,000 yen (£295) for a three-day pass for the Suzuka circuit.
It is a mark of his generosity after more than 15,000 people were killed in the wake of the tsunami that followed an 8.9-magnitude earthquake that struck the Fukushima prefecture.
Ecclestone, who turns 81 at the end of this month, has also allowed a glove puppet to be commissioned of himself, with all proceeds, at a cost of £29, going towards tsunami charities.
The puppet, which is around 12 inches in height, carries a shock of his trademark wispy white hair, with Ecclestone winking behind a pair of stitched-on glasses.
Further funds are to be raised via the auctioning of paintings of each of the five currently active reigning and former world champions - Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher - and their cars in which they won the title.
Button and Hamilton have also joined in the fund-raising as they are to auction off their helmet and boots that have been specially designed for this weekend's race, with the Japanese flag serving as inspiration.
Children Without Borders will benefit from Hamilton's sales, whilst money from Button's lots will go to Save Japan.
Transfer news and rumours LIVE: Chelsea make £16m bid for Douglas Costa, Fabian Delph to join Liverpool or Spurs, Sergio Ramos latest
What time is the 2015 WWE Royal Rumble on? And full card
Cristiano Ronaldo vine: Real Madrid forward sent-off for kicking and striking opponent during 2-1 win over Cordoba
Tennis fan suing Australian Open organisers for 'failing to shade spectators' during Murray match
Arsenal transfer news and rumours: Gabriel Paulista fee agreed as Gunners make £13.5m bid to sign Villarreal defender - reports
- 1 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 4 Tennis fan suing Australian Open organisers for 'failing to shade spectators' during Murray match
- 5 This crazy skiing video will leave you feeling queasy
British Muslim leaders outraged after Eric Pickles says followers of Islam should 'prove their identity'
UK terror fears: My jihadist son returned from Syria mentally scarred – now he is being ignored
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
Billy Crystal: 'Stop shoving gay sex scenes in my face'
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens