Monday, April 07, 2008

Racing for Human Rights



Racing 4 Human Rights Racing Team


Two local motor racing drivers - Niki Lanik who races in the Renault Clio Cup and has won the Winter Championship two years running, and Andrew Chalmers who races a classic Porsche 911 in the UK and European Heritage GT Challenge – have set up www.racing4humanrights.org to promote Human Rights issues through their motor racing.

Both drivers support the international charity Youth for Human Rights which promotes greater awareness of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, particularly to young people, endorsing the charity with logos on their race cars. They have now extended this to bring on board other drivers to do the same and Race for Human Rights through www.racing4humanrights.org. As well as Youth for Human Rights, the volunteer group promotes other human rights-based charities, including Amnesty International, International Alert, and Witness.

“The aim of the group is to have as many race drivers as possible around the UK, Europe and America promoting Human Rights groups on their cars, and so help make Human Rights a reality, not just a dream. The more race drivers we get on board, the larger impact we’re able to make,” said championship-winning Niki Lanik, who races in the Miracle Drywash-sponsored Youth for Human Rights Race Team. “I race because I love going fast and winning, and I also love the fact that I am able to promote a good cause to millions of people every year.”

Niki Lanik, who finished 3rd in the Renault Clio Cup race at Brands Hatch just last weekend, is now in his 4th year of motorsports. Niki is known in the motorsports community as a race driver, not just racing for himself, but also for an admirable cause. The 20-year old has now won several Human Rights awards including the Ambassador of Peace award which was presented to him by the Universal Peace Federation. You can read more at www.NikiLanik.com.

“This website is all about getting many more people forwarding the same message. Supporting Human Rights campaigns is one of the things we all need to do, to try to make a difference in today’s society. Niki and I already reach hundreds of thousands of spectators, and millions of TV viewers with our human rights message, as both of our race series are televised, and we are aiming to get much more exposure this year by encouraging more drivers to do the same. We have already gotten our first new driver who joined us after only one day of the web site being live, so it’s looking really positive. Most people like to support a good cause and we are just making it easier for them to do so,” said Andrew Chalmers.

If you’re a race driver (or any kind of racer – not just cars!) and would like join us and Race for Human Rights, email us on info@racing4humanrights.org, and please also visit www.racing4humanrights.org for more information.

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