Nissan raises money for Usain Bolt Foundation

JonathanDecember 17, 2012

Japanese car giant Nissan has made a large contribution to the Usain Bolt Foundation after successfully auctioning off a raft of memorabilia from the well-loved Jamaican sprinter.

In total, the manufacturer raised $193,191 (£119.331) for good causes after putting a number of items associated with the Olympic icon under the hammer in a unique online charity auction on eBay.

Between November 22nd and December 4th 2012, a large number of offers were tabled for a number of rare and eye-catching items.

Without a shadow of a doubt, the standout auction piece was a one-off gold-coloured Nissan GT-R, which sold for a staggering $187,100.

The unique supercar caught the eye for the fact that the vehicle’s interior fittings were finished in real gold and adorned with Bolt’s embossed signature. A shiny gold exterior paintjob also helped the car stand out.

Upon winning the auction for the innovative GT-R, the unnamed new owner of the supercar stated: “The Nissan GT-R just gets better and better and more refined each year, and the fact that this gold GT-R also celebrates the incredible achievements of the great Usain Bolt makes it something very special indeed.”

Away from the one-off GT-R, more than 100 people challenged for nine pieces of merchandise from Bolt, including special driving suits, racing helmets and motoring boots. Their items raised a grand total of $6,091.

All proceeds will now be donated to the Usain Bolt Foundation, a charity set up with an aim of establishing educational and cultural opportunities for children and young individuals living in Jamaica.

Bolt himself commented: “My partnership with Nissan greatly benefits the work of my Foundation. This donation will help many kids get access to better facilities, play areas and educational materials in Jamaica. I am delighted to be working with Nissan to do this.”

Drivers impressed by Nissan’s charitable efforts have the chance to experience the Japanese car maker’s vehicle manufacturing excellence by seeking a great car leasing offer on the Nissan Qashqai 1.6 [117] Visia five-door Hatchback.

For just £174.99, motorists are treated to a marvellous vehicle that can hit 0-62mph in just 11.9 seconds and return 45.6mpg on a combined cycle.

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