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Eddie Irvine Supports George Best Foundation

October 31st, 2010

Eddie Irvine Sports Endurance Race in aid of charity

Eddie’s Karting Endurance Challenge Raises £12,000 for George Best Foundation

Eddie Irvine jetted into Bangor last weekend to launch a glitzy new Formula One-inspired corporate hospitality karting experience at Eddie Irvine Sports.

The Endurance Challenge race attracted 10 corporate teams from local companies, as a charity fundraiser in aid of the George Best Foundation.

The event was also attended by Norman and Barbara McNarry, sister of George Best and the pit lane race master was Cool FM’s Pete Snodden.

Thomas Fegan, Centre Director, explained why the event was an important showcase for Eddie Irvine Sports. He said, “We have such a great range of sports and indoor activities on offer here, with our paint balling arena, 3G pitches and of course the fabulous karting facilities. We wanted to open the centre’s appeal to the corporate hospitality market for team building, staff nights out or corporate fundraisers. We have something really unique on offer here and we wanted to up our game to recreate the glitz and luxury of the Formula One pit lane.

“We can accommodate teams as small as 5 or as large as 100 and these kart racing challenges are great for team building, as an affordable and fun staff night out or as a fundraiser for schools, charities and community groups.”

The showcase Endurance Challenge event was a fundraiser for the George Best Foundation and raised an impressive £12,000 for the charity through team sponsorship and an auction of VIP packages.

Barbara McNarry, sister of George Best and head of the charity said, “Working with Eddie Irvine Sports is always an absolute pleasure. Through funding from our Best Way Forward initiative, they have provided sporting opportunities for over 2,200 boys and girls from a range of ages, abilities and backgrounds. Eddie Irvine Sports have given these young people the chance to experience sporting challenges they wouldn’t otherwise be able to access and to learn about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle through sport and drug and alcohol education. The children always have a brilliant day and come away with a smile on their faces. Eddie himself has been a great supporter of the charity and it is an absolute honour for them to fundraise in this way for us.”

On the race night, driving instructors, Ian’s School of Motoring were pipped at the post by property company, Pacific Wharf, who won the Endurance Challenge, and third place went to the George Best media team, which included team members from the County Down Spectator, Belfast Telegraph and Cool FM.