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A HELMET WITH A HEART

16 November 2007 | News

In the wake of the success of previous years, Dainese has decided to repeat this gesture of solidarity through a charity auction of unique items of Valentino Rossi’s personal racing gear on eBay.it this year as well.

After his racing suit, boots, and gloves auctioned off in 2005 and 2006, the helmet produced by Agv – a historic brand that returned to Italy after purchase by Dainese last August – was destined to follow.
To be precise, this was the helmet that the Champ from Tavullia wore during the Grand Prix race in Mugello in June 2007.

Designed by Aldo Drudi, only three examples were ever made of this helmet, which is distinguished by a big red heart at the center of the shell that will complement the big heart of the motorcycle racing fan who places the highest bid at the auction scheduled to begin at 12.00 PM on Thursday, November 22 and end at the same time on Tuesday, November 27. Bidding will start at 1 Euro and can be accessed from the home page of the www.dainese.com website by anyone who wants to make an offer of their own.

Generous fans will have five days to win a truly unique airbrushed helmet autographed by Valentino Rossi himself, who will deliver the helmet to the winner in person in the first days of December.

Proceeds from the on-line auction will be entirely devolved to the non-profit “Un sogno per il Gaslini Onlus” association for the completion of an accommodation structure to serve the over 50,000 children admitted to Genoa’s Giannina Gaslini Hospital, Italy’s largest children’s hospital.

In particular, a center with areas dedicated to play, distance learning, physical rehabilitation, and meetings with family members will be created inside San Gerolamo Abbey next door to the hospital.

For the past three years, Dainese has been promoting solidarity and research projects that give motorcycle racing fans the chance to make great gestures of generosity of their own.
The 35 thousand Euros raised by the auction of Valentino Rossi’s racing suit (won by an English collector) the first year helped fund a motorcycle rider research project developed together with Padova University’s Mechanical Engineering Department.
The over 70 thousand Euros raised from the auction of the Doctor’s racing suit, boots, and gloves in 2006 were also dedicated to the “Un sogno per il Gaslini” Project.