Alex Albon recently auctioned off a Formula 1 helmet and raised £84,000 which was subsequently donated to an orphanage in Thailand. The helmet was the one that he wore during the Singapore Grand Prix.
The orphanage in question is the Way Sakaeo Orphanage situated near Bangkok. It is supported by Volker Capito’s charity named Iceman Charity. Volker is the brother of Jost Capito, team principal of Williams.
Alex Albon first visited the orphanage in March and subsequently dyed his hair red to show support. He also encouraged other drivers on the paddock to do the same. All of it was done as part of the fundraiser that will benefit from the auction of his helmet.
The design of the Helmet that Alex Albon is auctioning off was made by the children from the Orphanage. Alex Albon auctioned off the helmet for £84,075, which means that around £100,000 was donated to Iceman Charity throughout the year.
After the F1 season finale in Abu Dhabi, Alex Albon returned to Thailand and revisited the Orphanage once more. He checked on the progress that has been made with the help of the fundraising money. A sports hall is being constructed which will be named after Alex Albon.
Alex Albon wants to give back to the people of Thailand
He said, “When I visited the orphanage in Thailand earlier this year I was determined to help in any way I could,”
“With 2022 being my first year back racing in Formula 1, I wanted to use my platform to do good and give back to the Thai community,” he continued.
He explained how amazed he was to see the creativity in the children who designed his helmet which he subsequently donned at the Singapore Grand Prix. Albon had a health scare during the Italian Grand Prix but he said that he was confident about not letting it stop him from racing in Singapore with the helmet.
Albon said that he was overwhelmed by the amount of development that has been made at the orphanage using the donated money. He thanked all his fans for their donation and especially the person who bought the helmet.
Alex Albon had spoken with Autosport before and had said that he wanted to work with the orphanage as it gave him a chance to do something good.
Alex Albon is apparently very shy and therefore doesn’t really involve himself in public things. But in this case, he feels a sense of responsibility to do good things for the people of Thailand. He wants to give back to his home country.