Olympic Torch Wins £6200 for Light Relief
The Olympic Torch donated by Czech moving light manufacturer Robe Lighting CEO Josef Valchar was auctioned off for charity at the PLASA trade exhibition at Earl’s Court in London. Leading European AV rental company AED Rent offered the winning bid of £6200. All the proceeds will go to entertainment technology industry charity Light Relief.
The auction was held directly after PLASA’s 2012 Awards for Innovation – one of which was won by Robe’s groundbreaking ROBIN DLF Wash LED fresnel moving light – and followed some animated bidding, co-ordinated by professional auctioneer Jonathan Humbert, brought in by Robe for the occasion. The torch was claimed by AED Rent’s Glenn Roggeman.
The torch, with its stylish conical design and shining gold finish, was carried on the Olympic relay ahead of the London Summer Games, and was on proud display at the Robe stand during the PLASA show. It will now complete the final leg of its journey from London to AED Rent’s headquarters in Willebroek, Belgium.
The auction was inspired by Robe’s current “Working With Winners” initiative, which has been running the entire summer, helping to celebrate the dynamic brand’s 10th anniversary and best-ever year of trading. Josef Valchar commented, “It’s a huge pleasure to hand this torch – a part of history from an amazing summer of world-class events in London and across the UK – over to AED Rent, and to generate money for the work of Light Relief.”
Light Relief was established by and for the entertainment lighting industry to help in times of extreme hardship. Formed specifically to help theater lighting designers and those working in the field who are not in regular full-time employment, Light Relief can provide either practical support or financial help, depending on the individual need.