Rabobank doubles "Keep Supporting Asia" fund

The Rabobank team's drive to help the victims of the December 2004 Tsunami disaster has yielded € 20,000 so far, but that has just received a big boost with the announcement that Rabobank will contribute double that amount (€40,000) to the fund. "Keep Supporting Asia" was initiated on January 12 at the team's presentation, and the riders promised to donate a quarter of a euro for every kilometre that they raced. Most of that was raised in April, where 70,983 kilometres were raced by members of the team. In addition, Ebay auctions of jerseys belonging to Oscar Freire, Michael Boogerd, Erik Dekker, and Jan Boven, raised another €1,914.50 to bring the total to €19,660.25. Boogerd's jersey that he wore in Liege-Bastogne-Liege was the most popular, netting €650.

The money will be used for reconstruction projects in south-east Asia, particularly in India, Sumatra, and Sri Lanka, where Rabobank already has a presence.

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