Get in driving seat for charity

DO you fancy yourself as the next Lewis Hamilton? Do you want to test your skills with a team made up of family and friends? Formula one racing driver Lewis Hamilton might drive for McLaren today but the 22-year-old started his career behind the wheel of a go-kart.

DO you fancy yourself as the next Lewis Hamilton?

Do you want to test your skills with a team made up of family and friends?

Formula one racing driver Lewis Hamilton might drive for McLaren today but the 22-year-old started his career behind the wheel of a go-kart.

Today the Ipswich and Suffolk Press Ball is offering guests the chance to follow in his footsteps thanks to a fabulous auction prize due to be sold off during the glittering evening.


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Swilland-based company Main Event Group Activities (MEGA) is donating a multi-activity team challenge day worth more than £300 to the fundraising evening.

Frank Turmel managing director of MEGA said: “We are delighted to donate an auction prize to this year's press ball.

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“The prize will be a team on our September Multi Activity Team Challenge.

“The team would be one of 20 teams taking part in one of the four hour (half day) sessions over a weekend, during which time they will enjoy archery, go-karting or quad biking, Crystal Maze style challenges, team tasks, knockout relays and more.

“The team needs to have six people if they all wish to do everything, or up to eight, if they wish to alternate.”

The event is designed to allow small, medium and large companies, charities, clubs, pubs and/or groups of friends, to enter one or more teams, in the event.

Mr Turmel added: “The day also caters for the less able or willing, by offering optional rotation. Organisations often have someone shadowing the team, to assess them on how they have performed. All participants receive a certificate on completion of the event.”

Evening Star editor Nigel Pickover said: “This is the perfect prize for those who love a challenge. I am delighted Frank and his team at MEGA is supporting the Press Ball once again.”

A dazzling night held at the Hotel Elizabeth, Copdock, on June 22, the Press Ball attracts the cream of Suffolk society. Music, find dining and dancing don't detract from the serious side of the evening to raise money for Disability Care Enterprise (DCE) - a Suffolk-based charity which provides specialised equipment for disabled people.

Carolyne Morey, DCE project director, said: “The Press Ball is the biggest fundraising event for DCE of the year.

“I'd like to say a big thank you to Frank and MEGA for their generous contribution.”

Ipswich firm Call Connection has generously agreed to sponsor the glittering event.

Graeme Kalbraier, managing director of Call Connection, said: “This is a fabulous auction prize and I'd like to pass on my thanks to MEGA and all who have supported the Press Ball with auction prizes.”

And as preparations get under way for this year's Ice Ball theme the 2007 event is expected to be the biggest and best yet. Organisers have secured the services of heart-throb pop star Tony Hadley in a massive coup for what has become the highlight of the county's social calendar.

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