MILKA MEETS WITH CHILDREN ON CHILDREN’S DAY IN VENEZUELA
LOS ANGELES, CA (July 19, 2009 ) - IndyCar driver Milka Duno met with a group of over 1000 children and their parents on Children’s Day in Venezuela on Sunday, July 19, 2009. The special event was hosted by one of her longtime sponsors, CANTV, at their headquarters in Caracas. The audience included children of CANTV employees and children from low-income families in the community.
Milka spoke to the children and their families about her life and career and about the importance of education as the key to success in all areas of life. A lively and entertaining question and answer session followed the talk and the children were eager to ask questions of Milka – with Milka just as eager to answer.
The next few hours were spent interacting with virtually every child in attendance and their families and signing copies of her award-winning book “Go, Milka, Go” and taking pictures with each of the children.
“I feel very fortunate to have these special and wonderful opportunities,” said Duno. “Certainly I love my sport and I love to race, but the joy I feel when I have the chance to hopefully inspire children is something entirely different and very special. I have such hope for them and their futures and truly believe that through hard work and dedication they can achieve all of their goals and desires. I’d also like to thank CANTV and all their employees – not only do they support me in my professional career, but they enrich my life in other ways as well and organizing this special event is a perfect example!”
Duno is the first and only Hispanic female driver in the Indy 500 and IndyCar Series and she competes with the Dreyer & Reinbold racing team in the #23 CITGO-sponsored car. In the 2008 IndyCar Series season finale at Chicagoland Speedway Duno became the first Latina in history to lead an IndyCar race. She also led the most race laps of any female driver during the 2008 season and was the only female driver to finish at the 2008 Indy 500.
Off the track, Duno is a certified Naval Engineer who holds four master's degrees, earning the last three simultaneously. Duno is also working through her "Milka Way" program to inspire youths to "Aim for the Stars' and achieve academic excellence. Duno appeared in the May, 2008 Warner bros. film "Speed Racer." For additional information on Milka Duno please visit www.milkaduno.com.
CANTV, based in Caracas, Venezuela, is the principal phone company in Venezuela. The company has been Milka’s sponsor for ten years, and they also support another Venezuelan sportsman and several sports activities in Venezuela. As of May 22, 2007, CANTV is owned by the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, please visit www.cantv.com.ve.