SPINAL CORD INJURY MUST BECOME CURABLE
More than 2.7 million people are affected by spinal cord injury. This number is increasing by 130,000 every year as a result of traffic accidents, sporting injuries, or even a careless gap-year holiday. Though scientists agree:
- Injured neurons are able to regenerate
- Paraplegia will be curable one day
- Fundamental Medical research
- Clinical Studies and Trials
- Scientific Communication
“In motor sports we count in seconds, in medical research you count in years. But both disciplines demand ambition and commitment in order to reach the goal as fast as you can. With a donation for Wings for Life you help to accelerate the breakthrough in spinal cord research. Your contribution makes a difference.”
David Coulthard, 13-time Formula 1 Grand Prix Winner and Wings for Life Ambassador
Wings for Life was set up in 2004 by Heinz Kinigadner after his son, Hannes, had an accident in a charity motocross race. Hannes has been tetraplegic ever since. Deeply moved by this, Heinz approached his friend Dietrich Mateschitz, founder of Red Bull, and together they set up the Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation with one belief: Spinal Cord Injury Must Become Curable.
Eight years on, Wings for Life has helped to fund over 64 research projects, and has become one of the leading foundations in spinal cord research.
You can find more information about the foundation at www.wingsforlife.com
In June 2012, Richland F1 announced that they would become official supporters of Wings for Life.
- Richland F1 will donate 50% of all profits made directly to Wings for Life
- Richland F1 will organise and promote events in aid of Wings for Life, from which 100% of all proceeds will go to the charity
- Richland F1 will promote Wings for Life as a charity through information and advertising in all areas of their interest.
Richland F1 wants to aid the Wings for Life cause in all ways possible, and it is the intentions of the organisation to be a part of the Wings for Life journey. Of course, a single Formula One news website can only do so much. Wings for Life relies on it’s many partners and ambassadors, such as Red Bull Racing and David Coulthard, to raise awareness of the charity. However, until a cure for spinal cord injury is found, Wings for Life’s work is not done. Therefore, donations are always welcome to the charity. You can donate in 3 ways:
- Donate directly at Wings for Life here
- Donate via Bmycharity here
- Donate by texting “WINGS” to 70800 (UK only)
“Wings for Life is an incredible charity that I am delighted to become a supporter of. Richland F1 will endeavour to aid Wings for Life in any way possible, and we are just one step along a long road to making spinal cord injuries curable. However, to be a part of this mission is an honour, and one in which we will do everything to help Wings for Life complete. Spinal cord injury must, and will, become curable”
Luke Smith – Editor
How long will it be until spinal cord injury is curable? It is impossible to say. However, one certainty is that for every extra donation, partner, and ambassador, that time period decreases. Wings for Life has already made great leaps and bounds in the field, and this will undoubtedly continue in years to come. By becoming a supporter of Wings for Life, Richland F1 is contributing to these leaps and bounds, not through scientific research, but by raising awareness of the amazing work undertaken by the foundation. It is hoped that by doing this, more and more people will donate to Wings for Life, thus aiding their work and helping to make spinal cord injuries a thing of the past.