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[Official blogger] Senna the movie Charity Gala organised in aid of President's Challenge 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011 / , , , , ,


The other day, I was very privileged to be invited to the Singapore’s Gala Premiere of Senna.

To be honest, I’m not much of an Formula One fan myself, but I definitely enjoyed myself.

Well, it’s a documentary about Ayrton Senna who was a Brazilian racing driver who won the Formula One world championship 3 times. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest F1 racers of all time. However, he was killed in a crash while leading the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. Since his death, the F1 organising team has taken precautions to heighten safety measures and there has not been any deaths ever since.

The show was truly inspiring. It really showed how Senna’s life as an F1 driver was filled with ups and downs. Senna was really a very lucky guy. He grew up in a very wealthy family, thus even when he was very young, when he showed interest in go-karting, his family was able to support him. We all have dreams, don’t we? But sometimes we don’t exactly get to fulfil those dreams because of circumstances like not having enough money or it could even be not even having support from the people you love.

The road to success for him wasn’t an easy one. He had the money, but he needed the right skills to be a champion. He trained hard and he finally succeeded. Honestly, how often do you feel like giving up on something just because you think you can’t do it? It was exactly the same like Senna. He had his low points too but he did not allow his failure to hinder his passion for F1 racing. If you fail, TRY, TRY AND TRY AGAIN. Don’t give up.

Like a friend of mine always said,
“You won’t taste success if you’ve never felt the struggle”.

At that point in time, Brazil was a poor country. However, despite that, he was would wave his Brazil flag proudly after winning a race. He was very proud of being Brazilian and it’s really inspiring to me.

Despite growing up in somewhat privileged circumstances, Senna recognized the hardships that many of his countrymen faced and was most concerned about kids and their future. His family adopted Ayrton’s passion and, after his death, established the Ayrton Senna Institute, which has helped to educate more than 12 million Brazilian children with funds from his estate. He was successful, rich and he cared about the less fortunate. Senna was a great man. I hope you get to watch the documentary soon and be inspired just like me. 

'I cannot be happy in second place, I have to be leading.” - Aryton Senna

This Gala Premiere was held in conjunction with the upcoming 2011 Formula
1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix. A whopping $50,000 was raised for the 28
beneficiaries of the President’s Challenge 2011!