Children from Millennium Integrated Primary School got to work to fill a unique car with balloons as their contribution to a major charity drive taking place in Belfast between now and February 2014. As part of the celebrations to mark the 50th Anniversary of driver Paddy Hopkirk’s victory in the Monte Carlo Rally a competition has been launched, with the first prize a 1991 Mini Neon Special Edition, painted by the renowned artist Neil Shawcross.    Entrants who buy a £100 ticket have to guess how many balloons the Millennium IPS pupils managed to fit in the car, with the exact number verified by adjudicator David Lyttle.


Donated by The Donnelly Group, the Mini is in good running order and is worth at least £10,000. Second prize is a trip to the Mercedes Petronas Formula One headquarters in Northamptonshire and third a weekend for two at the 5-star Hotel Europe in Killarney.

Proceeds from the raffle will support two of Paddy Hopkirk’s favourite charities, both working with young people – the Integrated Education Fund and Skidz.  The results will be announced at a special gala dinner to be held at the Titanic in Belfast in February.

Paddy says “The celebrations in Belfast of my rally win 50 years ago are an honour and I’m glad to be able to share the event with so many friends. It’s wonderful, too, to be able to help two great causes; tickets to the anniversary dinner are sold out but I hope people will join the celebrations by entering the competition and thus giving to worthwhile charities. Thanks go to the Donnelly Group for supplying the car, and to Neil Shawcross for adding his personal touch which makes the prize truly special.”


Rally fans can enjoy a cavalcade of Minis through Belfast on the morning of Saturday 22 February – and mini owners are invited to join in.  For details or for ticket enquiries please contact Brian Small:  (0289033 0031) or see  

You can enter the Raffle by downloading and filling out a form here