Mazda, who sponsors the RAF Typhoon Display Team, will host a number of "fun and young at heart" days out and activities with the Not Forgotten Association throughout the air show season this summer, to support the charity to provide adventurous activities for ex-service personnel with disabilities.
"The Typhoon Display Team carries out an important role in promoting the excellence of the Royal Air Force's equipment, personnel and ethos through air shows and events. The Team is proud to support the Not Forgotten Association's incredible work by helping put a smile on the faces of their beneficiaries through the fundraising and awareness that our role provides in engaging with the public," commented RAF Typhoon Display Pilot - Flight Lieutenant Tim Clement.
Colonel Piers Storie-Pugh, Chief Executive of the Not Forgotten Association, said: "We were delighted when the RAF Typhoon Display Team approached us to become one of their three chosen charities for 2011. Sergeant Liam Whelan, the team's Engineering Manager has personally experienced the work we do through one of his friends and is honoured to help promote our aim to bring genuine happiness through our activities.
In addition, for the first time in our 90 year history we are supported by a corporate organisation, through the Typhoon Display Team's vehicle sponsor Mazda who has provided us with the wonderful opportunity to attend a number of motorsport and air show events for our veterans. Our beneficiaries look forward to outings and events and it is wonderful to add these new activities to our 2011 calendar."
During 2011, the RAF Typhoon Display Team will be attending 14 air show events throughout the UK and community visits, attracting over two million spectators. The team is aiming to increase awareness of their chosen charities as well as fundraise with merchandise sales and donations from show visitors.
Mazda will host Not Forgotten Association beneficiaries at motorsport events, including from the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Britcar MSA 24 hour Endurance Race at Silverstone, as well as smaller community events including the MX-5 Owner's Club Rallies and the Royal Norfolk County Show.
Colonel Piers Storie-Pugh added: "We are also delighted that we will be hosted at the Royal International Air Tattoo thanks to Mazda UK, Bournemouth Air Festival by Magna Mazda in Poole and the Royal Norfolk County Show by Wrights Mazda in Norwich. We hope that other events will be added to the calendar during the year as opportunities arise."
Jeremy Thomson, Managing Director for Mazda UK added: "Mazda is very proud to be associated with the RAF Typhoon Display Team in 2011 and to support the good work of the Not Forgotten Association by providing exclusive opportunities to host beneficiaries at air shows, motorsport events and dealership community activities. The Mazda team looks forward to engaging with the beneficiaries and hopefully putting a smile on their faces through the Not Forgotten Association Mazda events."
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