Teenage racing car driver Gus Burton is gearing up for his latest challenge this weekend, raising awareness of The Sparkle Foundation charity while aiming for another podium in the Ginetta GT4 SuperCup Championship.
The 17-year-old sensation – an ambassador and longstanding supporter of The Sparkle Foundation – will be raising awareness of the charity that helps children in Malawi as he tears around the Snetterton track in the latest round of the cup series.
“There will be a bigger audience than usual for Gus’s latest race, as it is being broadcast to the whole country on ITV4,” said Sparkle founder Sarah Brook. “Gus has been a huge supporter of our work, raising thousands of pounds for us over the last few years with his sponsored racing machine, dubbed the Sparkle Car.
“A year ago he was out in Malawi himself, helping build new classrooms for the children,” said Sarah. “Now one year on, as our children return to those classrooms after being closed due to the pandemic, Gus is continuing to raise awareness of the charity and our work – only this time reaching an audience of millions!”
Sarah explained that as the schools have reopened, the charity is helping 300 children in the African country who are ready to start learning in the classroom again. “We are looking to expand our Sponsor A Child programme, so we can ensure a regular source of income for the project,” added Sarah. “Just £15 feeds one child for a whole month, so we are really grateful to people like Gus, who not only raise funds but also raise awareness of our work. After securing podium finishes all season, we’re hoping he will not only win the race this weekend, but his latest efforts in the Sparkle Car will inspire even more people to learn about us and make any donation they can afford.”
Gus will be gearing up and hitting the track in the Sparkle Car – sporting the number 57 – live on ITV4 at 13.50 this coming Sunday, 25th October.
To learn more about the work of The Sparkle Foundation, visit https://sparklemalawi.org/