Tuesday, May 26, 2015

News: Mozit IT revving up for charity challenge

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A driven Rotherham-based IT entrepreneur is heading out on the road to raise money for the local branch of the National Autistic Society (NAS), and it's Monte Carlo or bust.

Colin O'Donnell, who runs Mozit IT in Parkgate, is gearing up to take part in a "Banger Rally Adventure," crossing Europe with co-driver Richard Hessey from ASC Metals, a friend from university, in a car that cost just £300.

The 1994 Toyota Celica will set off from Belgium on June 4 on "Operation Black Forest Gateau" alongside an assortment of other bangers and their teams kitted out in fancy dress. Taking part in challenges along the way, the teams will drive to Freiburg and then Lake Como, before ending in Monte Carlo on June 7.

The firm has received generous support from businesses in Rotherham and Sheffield with sponsors signing up to have their company name on the side of the car.

Rotherham-based AP Tyres, Brampton MOT and Frontier Diagnostics have been instrumental in getting the car onto the start line.

Colin O'Donnell, managing director at Mozit IT (pictured, centre), said: "Mozit is funding the cost of the event and all sponsorship money will be donated to the Rotherham National Autistic Society charity who we have helped with website and IT for the last six years.

"The challenge was to source a car for no more than £300 (we are allowed to spend more to ensure its road worthiness!) and drive through four countries in three days."

The NAS Rotherham branch launched in October 2008 and is run on a voluntary basis by parents, carers and also adults with autism spectrum conditions. The branch relies on donations to run monthly peer support meetings and activities for both families and adults with autism, in addition to raising awareness of autism and supporting and encouraging the development of autism services in Rotherham.

Colin and Richard's "Lizard King" team is hoping to raise £3,000 for NAS Rotherham with sponsorship opportunities still available.

Mozit IT website

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