Norton Hornet goes Blue for beyondblue

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 13/03/2014
  • By Norton Hornets/V8 Supercars

Symantec, this morning, unveiled a new livery for Michael Caruso's Norton Hornets V8 Supercar for the Formula One Rolex Australian Grand Prix. 

In the lead-up to the V8 Supercars' support race this weekend, the trademark yellow Norton livery has been replaced with white, yellow, red and blue and featuirng the distinctive beyondblue butterfly. The change marks a renewal of Symantec’s partnership with not-for-profit beyondblue, which last year saw a $300,000 cheque handover from the sales of Norton products.

The Hon. Jeff Kennett AC, Chairman of beyondblue, today took part in the unveiling of the livery in a newly designed beyondblue themed race suit. “

We’re excited about the extension of Symantec’s partnership with us," Kennett said. "Symantec wants to reduce cyberbullying in Australia and we are extremely grateful for their support in tackling this devastating issue. Cyberbullying, like any form of discrimination, can cause enormous stress for people who experience it and can lead to depression, anxiety and suicide.

“With Symantec’s support, beyondblue will develop online content that teaches young people how to build their resilience and we are confident that this will reduce the impact of cyberbullying on them. beyondblue is also investigating developing a mobile app that could be downloaded by parents or young people to block bullying posts on social media before the young person even sees them. This is an area beyondblue will continue to work hard in with the support of Symantec."

Caruso – who will run #300 on the Nissan this weekend, in lieu of his usual #36 – said he loved the one-off livery and is honoured to be part of the association between Symantec and beyondblue. “After Symantec donated $300,000 to beyondblue at Bathurst last year, it’s great that Symantec is aiming to make the same pledge this year.

“We want to bring depression and anxiety to the forefront of people’s minds and ensure they know how to prevent and deal with cyberbullying. The issue can quite easily be swept under the carpet, so I feel this is an important cause to raise awareness for. There’s no better place to do this than at the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park and I’m excited that my car number will be changing from 36 to 300 to signify the amount of $300,000 which we hope to raise for beyondblue again this year."

Brenton Smith, vice president and managing director, Pacific region, Symantec said the extension of the partnership reflects Symantec’s commitment to improving the online safety of all Australians. “beyondblue does incredible work in the community by raising awareness of depression and anxiety. Cyberbullying can have a devastating impact on the life of the victim, and we want to work with beyondblue to be part of this movement,” said Smith. 

“Our partnership will help Australians better understand and talk about cyberbullying and its affects such as depression and anxiety and we hope this will deliver a greater positive social impact to Australians struggling with these conditions. We are proud that we are helping beyondblue with this worthy cause."

See the new-look Altima when the V8 Supercars hit the track at 1.30pm local time today for the first practice session of the MSS Security Challenge. 

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