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Pahor's Renault 4 raises €275,000 more for charity

Former President Borut Pahor draws the lucky winner as the new owner of his Renault 4 as the second round of the charity campaign started by him comes to a close.
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

The Renault 4 that Slovenia's former President Borut Pahor auctioned off in February for €60,000 has raised €275,000 in donations in the second round of the charity campaign as the Quatrelle changed hands again.

The new round of the charity campaign was initiated by the Fratar family from Dravograd, Koroška, which bought Pahor's 1991 Quatrelle as the highest bidder in February.

The campaign wrapped up with an event in Dravograd on 4 April as Pahor picked the car's new owner by lot among almost 5,200 donors from Slovenia and abroad. The lucky winner was Tomaž Habjan from Gorenjska in the north-west of the country.

The proceeds will be split between two organisations supporting children with cancer that also won funds raised in Pahor's auction, and the Slovenj Gradec General Hospital, which is to get €137,500 to buy a new gamma camera.

Pahor thanked the Fratar family and everyone else who made a contribution, praising the people of Koroška for spreading the word about his katra worldwide.

"I believe the Quatrelle has made the finest journey of its lifetime," Pahor said, noting that the car, which is more than 30 years old, will help children with cancer and everyone who will need a gamma scan at the Slovenj Gradec hospital.

Speaking for the Fratar family, Ksenija Fratar Arčnik said their Quatrelle adventure began as if buying a one-way ticket to the unknown but with a clear goal in mind.

"We all knew we were embarking on an adventure. Yet no one would dare say it loud it would be as colourful as a rainbow," she said.

The event also heard children and young people share their experience of battling cancer, how they were affected by the disease and about their will to live.


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