|Takuma Sato's Indy 500 helmet raises more than $30,000 to help those struggling from effects of tsunami in 2012.|
How much is a helmet worth? In the "With you Japan" online charity auction, Takuma Sato's 2014 Indianapolis 500 special edition helmet garnered $15,675 when the bidding closed June 9. The helmet, worn by Sato in this year's race, was signed by Sato and his team owner A.J. Foyt.
"I am very glad that I became the successful bidder for the auction of the Indy 500 Special Helmet. I appreciate this helmet is a symbol of Takuma and his team's wishes and challenging spirit. I am proud to own this helmet and will continue to support Takuma who keeps challenging even in difficult situations," said the longtime supporter of Sato who lives in Japan. He asked to remain anonymous.
Also choosing to remain anonymous is the donor who matched the winning bid which brought the total donation to the charity to a whopping $31,350!
"I would like to thank everyone who participated in the charity auction," said Sato. "It is great news that this auction raised a huge amount for 'With you Japan.' A big congratulations to the successful bidder, and I really appreciate all donors who put in extra contributions. Japan is still struggling from the effects of the tsunami so with your help, we will continue to support children in a way to have some fun activities and encourage their dreams."
The "With you Japan" program was founded by Sato in 2011 after the March 11 earthquake and ensuing tsunami devastated the island country's north eastern coast, killing over 15,000 people and leaving over 300,000 people homeless.
All proceeds raised through the program are provided to "With You Japan," a charity started by Sato to provide hope and inspiration to the children of the affected area of Japan. "With You Japan" hopes to provide inspiration to help thousands of these children as they move forward with their lives. For more information, visit withyoujapan.org.