Sali Gray started out with a pink Nissan Micra and a desire to help others. After hearing about children’s hair loss charity the Little Princess Trust she turned those two things into an event which would help to change lives.
That event was the Pink Car Rally, which was held for the very first time in September of 2008. Sali’s aim was to raise awareness and funds for the Little Princess Trust, and her solution for achieving this was to utilise the pink power of her little Micra.
“I volunteered to run some awareness raising/ fundraising events for [the Little Princess Trust], for free,” she explains on the event’s official website. “It didn’t take me very long to put two and two together... and come up with the idea of a ‘Pink Car Rally’. Can you imagine what effect it would have on people to see not one pink car, but perhaps 12, or 24, or even 50?!”
Since the first event, in which 15 pink vehicles drove from Hereford Hospital to Bristol Children’s Hospital, the Pink Car Rally has gone from strength to strength. 2009 saw 29 pink cars drive to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, while the following year a grand total of 39 pink automobiles drove to Oxford Children’s hospital.
Now, Sali is looking to continue the growth of the event with the upcoming 4th annual Pink Car Rally. Taking place on Sunday 4th September 2011, the pink procession will depart from Hereford Hospital as usual, driving across the Welsh border to Cardiff’s Children’s Hospital for Wales. Anyone with a pink car or other road vehicle can take part, providing that it’s bodywork is ‘at least 80% pink’. Entry costs £20, and all proceeds go to the Little Princess Trust. If you’re interested in taking part, an entry form for the rally can be downloaded at www.pink-car-rally.com/ihavepinkcar.html.
The Little Princess Trust is a charity which provides high quality wigs made from real hair to both boys and girls who suffer from hair loss due to cancer treatments. They both supply and fund the wigs which can be specifically tailored for each child.
The charity was started by the parents, friends and school of Hannah Tarplee, a little girl who sadly eventually lost her fight against cancer. After seeing how badly affected Hannah was by the loss of her hair as a result of chemotherapy treatment, Wendy and Simon Tarplee wanted to do something to help other children who were having the same problem.
The Little Princess Trust has gained a number of high profile celebrity supports over the years. Its ambassador is TV presenter Gail Porter, who herself suffers from hair loss due to the autoimmune condition Alopecia.
Cardiff may be the end of this year’s Pink Car Rally, but it is far from the end for the event. Sali Gray explains: “My aim was for the Rally to become an annual event, with a fifth Anniversary Pink Car Rally, in 2012, running from John O’ Groats to Lands End.” That landmark occasion is drawing closer, and is currently slated for August of next year.
More information and details of how to get involved with this year’s event can be found at www.pink-car-rally.com.
For more information about the Little Princess Trust, visit www.littleprincesses.org.
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