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Tom Hanks donates car for charity auction in Poland

03.12.2019 08:30
A vintage Syrena car purchased for charity by Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks has been showcased as part of a fundraiser to benefit a Polish hospital.
The vintage Syrena 105 belonging to American actor Tom Hanks on the Town Hall Square in Bielsko-Biała, southern Poland, 2 December 2019. Tom Hanks bought this Polish car, had it renovated and put it up for auction. The money from the auction will be allocated to help a childrens hospital in Bielsko-Biała.
The vintage Syrena 105 belonging to American actor Tom Hanks on the Town Hall Square in Bielsko-Biała, southern Poland, 2 December 2019. Tom Hanks bought this Polish car, had it renovated and put it up for auction. The money from the auction will be allocated to help a children's hospital in Bielsko-Biała. EPA/Andrzej Grygiel

Monika Jaskólska, who is coordinating the charity drive, put the car on display in Bielsko-Biała, southern Poland, on Monday.

The Syrena 105 is due to be auctioned next year during a charity ball organised by Jaskólska’s foundation It Pays to Help Out, Poland’s PAP news agency has reported.

Jaskólska said: "People are already interested in the purchase, so we wanted to show them [the car] today.”

The proceeds from the ball and auction will go to a pediatric hospital in Bielsko-Biała.

Jaskólska said: "We support this facility and its children's psychiatry ward.” She added: “We would like to create a nationwide campaign concerning children’s mental health.”

The car was manufactured in 1980. Following the renovation, the vehicle is now fitted with an original 40 hp engine.

Daniel Kasprzyk, a mechanic from BB Oldtime Garage, said: “We took apart [the car] to the last screw and put it back together using original, unused spare parts.”

The Syrena will now be sent to a repair shop run by the Collins brothers for tuning. Rafał Collins said: "Our role is to add a little personality, individuality and a little heart to the car.”

Tom Hanks began collaborating with Jaskólska after she initiated a fundraiser to buy and renovate a vintage Fiat 126p and gift it to the American actor in 2017.

The extra money left after the purchase of the car went to the pediatric hospital in Bielsko-Biała.

Hanks later declared he would buy and finance the renovation of the Syrena, which would then be put up for auction.

(aba/gs)

Source: PAP