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Author: Breakthrough
Posted on: Thursday, Sep 06 2007

Maria Costello is the first female ever to stand on the podium in the history of the Isle of Man TT or Manx Grand Prix motorcycle races, so when she heard the Island was being renamed the Isle of Woman to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer on 26-28 October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, she jumped at the chance to help out.

Maria is donating a pink BERING ladies motorcycle jacket as a prize for Pink Tie Ball auction to be held on Saturday 27th October at the Mount Murray Country Club.

“To have the fastest woman racer supporting this cause is fantastic,” says Adrian Earnshaw, Minister of Tourism and Leisure for the Isle of Man. “The Isle of Woman is such a brilliant event. Last year the festival raised £40,000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer plus another single donation of £500,000 was received after the festival. With help from people like Maria, we hope to continue the success this year.”

There are hundreds of fun activities as the whole island goes ‘pink’ to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Every penny raised will help fund Breakthrough’s vital research, campaigning and education work.

Maria, who is a regular competitor on the Isle of Man is back on form after suffering a badly broken leg in last year’s race, says, “It’s my favourite race track but away from that it’s a very beautiful and peaceful island. I love the place!.”

Maria is not only one of only seven female racers who compete equally with the men in the Manx Grand Prix she is Bering Motorcycle Clothing’s PR agent [] and the Ambassador for the Lancashire RideSafe BackSafe initiative. She brings great media attention to the Isle of Man and will continue to race, determined to become the first female Manx Grand Prix winner.

Isle of Woman Festival Packages can be booked by contacting Everymann Holidays on 08444 937546 or email Full details can also be found on

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