Cape Town - All Blacks-themed vehicles have raised nearly R3.4 million for the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) in Europe.
According to the Stuff website, the
Iveco vehicles - a Stralis XP "Emotional Truck" and Magelys All Blacks
luxury bus - were part of the transportation unit required to move the
team and its gear around Europe during their recently completed tour of
Italy, Ireland and France.
The vehicles were auctioned on Charity
Stars with the €230 000 raised going to the the United
Nations Children's Fund that promotes and protects the rights of
children throughout the world, contributing to improving their quality
Besides the two auctioned vehicles, Iveco also supplied another Magelys bus and four mini-buses for team transportation.
Magelys, in its "Lounge" version, is the ultimate in luxury
transportation. It is 12.8 metres long, equipped with a central glass
pavillion that complements the side corridors. The vehicle was
completely customised for the team, with 46 comfortable leather
reclining seats - eight of which arranged around two gaming tables at
the rear of the vehicle - to provide a greater level of comfort to the
players. The equipment includes several options, such as a Lavazza
coffee machine, a fridge, toilets, wi-fi connection, a GPS, a
multi-media audiovisual system with two LCD screens and USB sockets for
each pair of seats.
The handover ceremony for the keys of the two
auctioned vehicles took place on Monday in Paris in the
presence of All Blacks Ben Smith, Elliot Dixon and Steven Luatua, Unicef
staff and Pierre Lahutte, Iveco brand president.
Lahutte handed over
the keys to representatives from Transports Galtier and Cialone Tour Spa
who bought the truck and bus respectively.