Italian Telethon Partners Ferrari in Formula One

Ferrari Formula One team will have a new partner as of 2010. Starting this upcoming campaign of F1, the Prancing Horse will officially join efforts with the well-known Italian project of Telethon.

As of the upcoming season the logo of Telethon, the Foundation financing research projects in the areas of muscular dystrophy and other genetic diseases, will be present on the overalls of the Scuderia Ferrari drivers,” announced Ferrari, via a press release.

For those of you who are not very familiar with the Telethon, know that it's a fundraising event broadcast on television, held on many countries throughout the world. As far as Italy goes, the Telethon debuted back in 1990 and is being held annually during the month of December by RAI television channel.

In almost 2 decades, the Italian Telethon has raised over 284 million euro.

Additionally, Ferrari announced that “the Galleria Ferrari – the official museum in Maranello with over 200,000 visitors each year – will stand close to the Foundation. The museum’s visitors can contribute with donations via their tickets or at the ticket desk, where a Telethon donation can be found.”

Back in December 2010, Ferrari donated a Formula One steering wheel and a scale model of their 2008 title-winning single seater to the Telethon, in order for those pieces of F1 memorabilia to be auctioned and therefore add to the fund-raising of the 2009 edition. It was later revealed that last year's Telethon raised more than 30 million euro, used for research into cures for genetic diseases.
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