McRae Vision Charity was formed in the aftermath of the tragic
helicopter accident, which claimed the life of Colin McRae, 1995 World
Rally Champion, along with his young
son Johnny and two family friends in September 2007. In the light
of the incredible response from the public via phone calls, letters,
e-mails and at the Memorial Service in Lanark, the McRae family decided
that it might be possible to utilise the profile of Colin's name and
worldwide rallying achievements to raise funds for charitable and
worthwhile causes. As the main figurehead of the Vision, Colin's wife
Alison decided that special emphasis should be given to Children's
Health and Education Initiatives.
In 2010, the "Vision" bought
specialist medical equipment for a new children's Intensive Care
Ambulance for Yorkhill Children's Foundation. This will serve an
area within a 2 hour radius of Glasgow and allow critically ill
children to be transferred while receiving life saving treatment.
We also joined forces with Subaru UK to organise an Emergency Response
Vehicle for the Foundation. The first little girl to benefit from
this was from Stranraer and after a short stay in Yorkhill, she
returned home safe and sound.
A brand new X-Ray Bed in the local
hospital in Carlos Paz, Argentina was our next big donation. Carlos
Paz is the base for Rally Argentina. This area has embraced the
worldwide rallying community for years; however still has a lack
of basic medical facilities for the local community. Recent communication
from Carols Paz has been resounding in the success of this donation.
The Children's Traffic Foundation
in the Czech Republic provides funding for the education of children
who have lost one or both of their parents in a road traffic accident
and the "Vision" gave funding to the 7 children within
the Zlin area who are in need of support.
We also supported the Elpida Foundation
for Children with Leukaemia and other Cancers by purchasing electronic
infusion pumps for the delivery of chemotherapy.
One of Colin's desires was to try
and make rallying more accessible and we are delighted to continue
to support the Scottish Rally Championship's Junior Rallying Training
& Development Programme. This programme offers free training
modules to under 23 year olds in various different disciplines which
include driving /co-driving skills, sports psychology, fitness/nutrition
and media awareness.
Amongst our projects this year, we
are working with the Children's Hospice Association of Scotland
(CHAS) and Northern Ireland's Children's Hospice. These are for
specialist beds and physiotherapy treatments. We are also in talks
with IRC for donations with Rally of Scotland and the new event
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