Axios Systems sponsors Customer, Royal Liver in 'The Italian Job' Rally
Axios Systems (www.axiossystems.com), the leading international IT Service Management (ITSM) company, is pleased to announce it sponsored one of their customers, Carl Belinger of Royal Liver, in the recent 'Italian Job’ rally. The rally took place on 26th October 2007 and followed a route (as the name suggests!) through Italy, as well as across other parts of Europe.
Organised to raise money for NCH, one of the UK’s leading children’s charities, every car entered in ‘The Italian Job’ has to be either a Mini or another classic car featured in the famous 1969 film of the same name, starring Michael Caine.
Travelling in a 34 year old Classic Mini, Carl and his co-driver (Team 18) began their journey in Liverpool. For the first 6 days of their journey, Team 18 enjoyed the scenic drive down to Dover, across to Calais and through Brussels, Nürburg, Innsbruck, Bolzano and onto Venice, covering almost 1,200 miles.
The rally itself began on day seven of Team 18s journey in Quarto D’Altino, near Venice. Over the next eight days Carl, his partner and the other Jobbers (drivers) visited many parts of Italy, including The Rimini Coast and Lake Maggiore. They also visited Turin, where the films famous getaway sequence was filmed and drove to the roof of the Lingotto Hotel (formerly the Fiat Factory) to the famous banked circuit.
As well as visiting known landmarks and taking in the Italian scenery the teams took time to visit a children’s home, where each of the Jobbers gave gifts to the youngsters. There were also games, called ‘special stages’ that the teams had to complete in their cars.
Leaving Italy behind on day thirteen of Team 18s journey, the trip back across Europe towards Brighton and the official finish line began. Carl and his co-pilot celebrated completing the 3,300 mile round-trip 2nd out of the 48 teams – an impressive result.
Carl Belinger, Change and Configuration Manager, Royal Liver said, " The journey and the event itself took us to fantastic places and gave us wonderful memories, but it was our visit to the Italian children's home that really made us all realise the importance of the fund-raising and how it makes a real difference to those children less fortunate than our own. On behalf of Team 18 and the Italian Job organisers, we would like extend heartfelt thanks to Axios Systems for their part in helping our fund-raising efforts."
The annual rallies have so far accumulated a massive £2 million for children’s charities and this years’ contribution to NCH will go towards helping vulnerable and excluded children who face difficulties such as poverty, disability and abuse, overcome their circumstances and achieve their full potential.
Tasos Symeonides, CEO, Axios Systems, said “We are delighted to be able to sponsor and work in this way with a valued customer on such a worthwhile project. It is initiatives like The Italian Job, and charities such NCH, that can make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable children and young people. Axios is honoured that Carl and Royal Liver allowed us to play just a small part.”
About The Italian Job
Launched in 1990 with the aim of raising money for children in a fun way, The Italian Job is aimed at raising funds in aid of national children’s charities.
The event gives the opportunity to make new friends, explore new places and improve your driving/navigational skills. It's about visiting off the beaten track as well as some glorious European cities, and of course it's a fun way to raise money for a really good cause!
The run is done by ‘Jobbers’ and is open to Mini’s of all ages or any classic car from the Michael Caine film, The Italian Job. Events over the last 17 years have raised nearly £2 Million.
For more information, visit www.ItalianJob.com