Lara Croft raises thousands for charity

The sale of the original Lara Croft outfit has raised 4,400 for UNICEF, United Nations Children's Fund.

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Lara Croft raises thousands for charity
The outfit was auctioned for 10 days on eBay and attracted serious bidders from all over the world.

The lucky bidder who finally secured the outfit was Paul Lai, a successful international tax specialist. Paul says: "It's crazy to think I now own the outfit of the video game industry's first sex symbol. I'm proud to help such a good cause as UNICEF. I don't intend to wear the costume, first I'll have to find a girlfriend with Lara's build!"

The outfit was worn by Nell McAndrew during her 1998/1999 reign as the official Lara Croft look-a-like. Lara Croft will never be seen wearing this outfit again as the new-look costume was unveiled earlier this year by new Lara model, Jill de Jong.

Rose Nelson, UNICEF regional fundraising manager - London says: "The magnificent 4,400 that Eidos has raised for UNICEF by auctioning Lara Croft's outfit will go a very long way to helping some of the world's 130million+ children who are currently not receiving an education. The money generated through Lara's outfit will help UNICEF to continue working world-wide so that EVERY child can reach their full potential."

Jeremy Heath-Smith, managing director of Core Design, developers of Tomb Raider says: "We are thrilled with the amount of money the auction has made for UNICEF. We know Lara has some very dedicated fans from all over the world, but this is a real tribute to the first lady of gaming."
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