The United Kingdom’s Teenage Cancer Trust charity was founded in 1997 with a focus on bringing some fun to teenagers and young adults stricken with the deadly disease. The idea for the charity spawned from a group of women who organized a fashion show to raise money for a children’s intensive care unit at Guy’s Hospital in London. Today, the Teenage Cancer Trust raises around $8.6 million annually and is supported by Arsenal F.C, a wildly popular soccer team from North London that plays in the English Premier League.
Iconic British rock band The Who is also involved with the charity, and front man Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend are really hands-on. Daltrey has helped coordinate concerts where acts like Oasis, Depeche Mode, Coldplay, Eric Clapton, The Cure, and Franz Ferdinand have all played to raise money. Since 2000, Daltrey’s efforts have raised $18.6 million dollars for the Teenage Cancer Trust with all profits going straight to the organization.
“Without teenagers and their energy and passion for music, we wouldn’t have rock ‘n roll as we know it,” said Daltrey to Bonhams.com. “These gigs are my small way of giving something back. There is no doubt in my mind that we’re really making a difference.”
Even more recently Daltrey has partnered with British auto maker Lotus to auction off a custom-designed Evora with “The Who” accents. The two-seater coupe was personalized by Daltrey himself and is expected to command around $99,000 with all profits going straight to TCT. Outside are hand-painted graphics that are unique to this vehicle, along with Daltrey’s signature. Inside accents include distinct “The Who” references, red, white, and blue embroidered roundel on the headrests, and Union Jacks on the seat backs. The personalized Evora is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers 345 horsepower and is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox.
A Tech Pack, Premium Pack Sports, power-folding mirrors, and a reverse camera are all included in the British roadster. Also included are heated seats, metallic paint, and forged alloy-wheels. Since the Teenage Cancer Trust relies on donations to fund its work all profits from the sale of this Evora will go right back into the charity.
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