18 “Laps For Global Education” Completed To Raise Money For Foundation For Asia Pacific Education
With a personal best lap time under his belt, Dan O’Brien completed 18 “Laps for Global Education” on Labor Day weekend to raise money for study abroad scholarships for the Foundation for Asia Pacific Education (FAPE), racing a Spec Racer Ford at Sebring International Raceway in Florida.
“The weekend racing activities went really well,” said O’Brien, regional director for the AustraLearn/AsiaLearn/EuroLearn programs of GlobaLinks Learning Abroad. “I’m pleased to report both car and driver finished the weekend without damage. Saturday’s race was shortened by 2 laps for a total of 6 laps due to an accident in high-speed turn 17. Fortunately the driver of that car was unharmed but repairs took most of the afternoon to get his car race ready for the next event.”
O’Brien, in partnership with the Community Service Team at GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, created the “Laps for Global Education” campaign to encourage others to donate to the nonprofit Foundation for Asia Pacific Education, which provides scholarships on an ongoing basis to university and college students who want to gain international education experiences in the Asia Pacific region.
O’Brien and his father, John O’Brien, together form the Celtic Racing team, which participates in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) amateur series and races at Sebring or the Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Va. The elder O’Brien served as crew chief during the races.
On Sunday of the race weekend, the younger O’Brien achieved a personal best lap time during the race and shaved off 6 seconds from his best time at the same race last year. “I finished 12th of 25 racers on Sunday but was pleased to complete 12 laps and achieve the personal best lap time.”
Overall, O’Brien completed 18 total laps, a number upon which some donors are basing their support.
“If you have not signed up and you wish to pledge/donate any amount, you still can,” he said.
Anyone interested can donate any dollar amount now at the foundation’s web site or email their donation to Amy Deppe at firstname.lastname@example.org.Print