By Neil Halligan
Money raise in Gitex Shopper auction for Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro will go to Dubai Cares, with bids so far reaching $18,000
The world’s first ever 9-carat solid gold laptop has been put up for auction to raise funds for Dubai Cares.
The gold Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, which is on display at Gitex Shopper Spring 2015, is an exclusively handcrafted luxury creation which was made for Lenovo and is a one-of-a-kind.
The laptop exterior and interior keyboard are made of 330 grams of solid gold (not plated) and, from design to production, took six weeks to create.
The inspiration behind the design is to reflect an aerial view of a diamond with each individual piece of solid gold part assembled like a mosaic.
The online auction for the gold Yoga 3 Pro laptop started on April 1 and will run for two weeks. The opening bid started at AED50,000 ($13,600), and has now reached AED66,000 ($18,000).
Gitex visitors who bid in person for the gold Yoga 3 Pro live at the stand will receive a free Yoga Tablet.
All of the proceeds raised will be donated to Dubai Cares’ Education Programs.
Tariq Al Gurg, CEO of Dubai Cares, said the money raised will help improve children's access to quality primary education in developing countries.
“Education is a critical factor in every child’s development, yet many of us take it for granted; while in the developing world, children face daily obstacles that prevent them from going to school and learning,” said Al Gurg.
“To combat this chronic global issue, we need constant support from corporations and individuals, and we are thrilled to be working with Lenovo on this unique auction which will help us in our fundraising drive.”
Mohammed Hilili, general manager at Lenovo Gulf & KSA encouraged people “to ‘dig deep’ and help us make this auction a highly worthwhile cause”.
“Lenovo has always been dedicated to improving education in developing nations and we are proud to be working with Dubai Cares, one of the finest philanthropic organisations in the UAE on this cause,” he said.