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Some African rainwater signed by Toto is being auctioned for charity

Heavy Metal Truants - Charity Auction
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The final four items from this year's Heavy Metal Truants charity auction (opens in new tab) have just been put up for grabs. 

The items include a presentation case containing three vials of African rainwater (opens in new tab), collected on the first day of the rainy season in 2019 after a long period of drought. The vials are signed by members of Toto, in honour of their classic hit Africa, and feature in the case alongside a cassette of the band's classic album IV

The other three items up for grabs are a Fender Squire guitar signed by Status Quo (opens in new tab), a drumhead autographed by Queen's Roger Taylor (opens in new tab), and the baseball bat used by Slipknot's Clown (opens in new tab) during their headline performance at last year's Download Festival

Truants founder Alexander Milas says: "We Heavy Metal Truants are now in our eighth yea. It's completely down to the support of the cyclists who go on a bicycle race up to Download every year, and also the industry who time and time again prove that people don't = sh*t.

"It's truly as if moonlit wings reflect the stars that guide people toward causes like these, and every penny will go to some fantastic causes so get down down to (opens in new tab) and do the fandango immediately – you'd be psychosocial to miss it!"

Money raised by the auction will go to three charities to help children in need: Nordoff Robbins (opens in new tab), Teenage Cancer Trust (opens in new tab), and Childline.

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