Keyline Builders Merchants is leading a race across Europe ‘007 style’ as it teams up with The Prostate Cancer Charity to launch the Thunderball Rally.
Keyline has worked in partnership with The Prostate Cancer Charity since 2009 and is hoping to raise over £100,000 through the three-day rally.
Following an epic route inspired by the Bond film the rally will commence from the Keyline branch in Northfleet on 27th June and it will be a three day race against time to the top of the Bernese Oberland Alps in Switzerland. Each of the 24 teams must compete in a car seen in any of the James Bond films - but cannot use a sat nav or travel on any major main roads.
Entries were received from Keyline, other parts of the Travis Perkins Group as well as customers and suppliers. Sponsors ACO, Lafarge, Tarmac, British Gypsum, Polypipe and Marshalls are all taking part, while Keyline Managing Director Andrew Harrison is taking part in a “clapped out” BMW Z3 along with his co-pilot Robin Proctor.
He said: “The Thunderball Rally is going to be a fantastic experience having run two successful rallies in the last couple of years. After the success of the Monte Carlo Rally in 2010 and The Italian Job rally in 2011, we decided a James Bond theme would be a great idea for this year’s event. Robin Proctor and I have decided to drive a convertible BMW Z3 which has been in several James Bond films, we’ve really gone to town and wrapped the car in iconic characters from the James Bond films.”
The Prostate Cancer Charity has been Keyline’s charity partner since the beginning of 2010, in the last two years Keyline have raised over £400,000.
Owen Sharp, Chief Executive at The Prostate Cancer Charity, said: “Keyline has given a phenomenal amount of support to the work of The Prostate Cancer Charity, both in terms of fundraising and raising awareness of prostate cancer amongst its staff.
“The Thunderball Rally is proof of their commitment to literally go that extra mile for the cause and I am thrilled to be taking part in it, alongside my co-driver, Mark Bishop, Director of Fundraising at the Charity. With no Sat Nav, I am hoping that mine and Mark’s map reading skills are up to scratch, so that we end up in Switzerland, and not the other end of Europe!”
Andrew Harrison adds: “Everyone within Keyline is proud of our relationship with The Prostate Cancer Charity. The partnership gives us an opportunity to engage with staff, suppliers and customers but more importantly increasing awareness of the effects of prostate cancer in men’s health.”
14th June 2012