What an amazing day we all had at this year's Rota Rally.
A big thank you to Melkbos Rotary who managed the midway stop in Melkbos, where food donations were dropped off and a 'golf ball throwing' task was completed for extra points. There was a festive atmosphere and welcomed coffee!
A huge thank you to RBJ Brick & Block for the use of their factory space for the finish in Darling. The cars rolled in slowly and all participants had smiles on their faces.
The themed costumes were well thought out and even the dogs had hero outfits! All entrants were given a gift due to wonderful donations received from, The Marmalade Cat, The Old Forge, Darling Brew, Darling Sweets, Darling Cellars, Groote Post, Ciao Darling, Carrol Boyes, Turqle Trading, Mayekawa Mycom and Draai Braai.
Besides the funds raised we entertained over 100 people, many of whom then went and ate lunch at the Darling eateries, who were very happy for the support.
A huge thank you to everyone who was involved, we now have another event that we can be proud of and one that will evolve and grow over the years.
...and we had super-heroes in great and wonderous variety...
FIRST PRIZE & Winner of the "MOST SPIRITED CAR" - W Whittaker and team
SECOND PRIZE - A Bok
THIRD PRIZE - shared by E James and S Ritchie
Turqle's 2 "Super-Sharer Prizes"went to Chris Fick and Jessica Millar.
The Green Lantern (aka L Neckel) won the award for the best Adult Superhero.
The Aviation Theme prize was awarded to A Langman
And the best Junior Superheroes - see the picture below.
Join us on a scenic drive with a purpose, a chance to enjoy the day with friends, family, colleagues and the least expensive form of motor-sport adventure.
If you don't enter, you cannot participate, so enter TODAY.
We have made it really easy: You can register via QUICKET or you can fill in the entry form and pay via EFT - your choice - we don't mind, as long as you register!
Link to the REGISTRATION FORM here.
Link to QUICKET Bookings here.
Curious about where we're heading? Get all your ROUTE INFORMATION here.
AMS Helicopter on Ou Kaapse Weg, airlifting an injured cyclist.
This year, our main beneficiary will be AMS - and for those who do not know - it stands for Air Mercy Service.
In a very small nutshell, they're the amazing people who send air support and trained paramedics to rescue unfortunate hikers who got injured in inaccessible places, they send mercy missions to connect organ donors to recipients, they'll send a plane to collect a super-small human in distress, respond to road accidents and they need all the support they can get, because when you need them, you'll want them to be there!
Along the way, we'll also collect tinned (or other non-perishable) food and household necessities to support destitute familie in Melkbos.
The people who know everything!
Rota-Rally Race Director, organiser in chief, the person who really does know everything and the final authority on Rally Day:
Nadene Rolston : 0828946813
HOW IT WORKS: the RULES, the INSTRUCTIONS and the PRIZES
This is where you'll find out how this kind of rally works, and of course (as always), there are rules, critical instructions and details of the prizes.
THE ROADBOOK & PRE-RACE CHECKLIST
The night before, have a quick look at the roadbook and the pre-race checklist.
It contains vital 'on-the-route', 'on-the-day' information about marker points, prize points, turning points and donation drop-off points.
The pre-race checklist is sort of obvious: you don't want to waste time on rally day!
NEWS, VIEWS & INTERVIEWS
A group of us were hiking in the mountains of the Matroosberg Private Nature Reserve, near Ceres. We were having a wonderful time until I slipped on loose gravel while descending the mountain and broke my left ankle. I knew that I could no longer walk and was in severe pain, thankfully one of my fellow hikers had a painkiller which helped until AMS arrived with the morphine!
Thankfully we still had cell phone signal, so one of our fellow hikers could contact the owner who contacted AMS.
The AMS helicopter flew out of Cape Town International Airport, and after submitting flight plans, managed to arive 2 hours after the fall.
The medics put me on a stretcher and carried me to the helicopter that had landed in a nearby clearing, before flying directly to Vincent Palotti in Cape Town.
I am so grateful for their assistance. They are my heroes!
NEWS, VIEWS & INTERVIEWS
Where did the idea come from?
About ten years ago I participated in the Phuket car rally, organised as a charity event, by GOMS. (Grumpy Old Mens Organisation) It was a fun morning driving around Phuket in the comfort and coolness of my car (it is hot in Phuket!).
So when my Rotary club was looking for a fundraising event, I thought we can do a Rally. With Covid in our lives it made perfect sense as you don’t need to leave the safety of your car! (Unless you want to)
At the same time Air Mercy Service contacted us about the need for a new tractor. So we decided to support the Hero’s of AMS, who fly in to help you when you are stranded and need medical attention.
We also decided to add in some fun elements with a purpose - hence the food donations that will go to Melkbos Rotary who support 2 assistance organisations who help the destitute families in Melkbos.
Rota-Rally is a fun drive for the whole family, a perfect time to leave your home and enjoy the countryside.
This is one of my favourite small towns, the people are very friendly, the streets are lined with trees and quaint old houses.
There are many restaurants to choose from and they have all been very supportive of the Rally. All have outdoor seating which is essential for Covid safety.
Obviously tourism is down in the area and this will help to promote the little gem that is Darling.
First of many?
Yes, we are certainly planning that this will be the first of many (we hope!). We aim to make it an all round 'feel good' day - something positive to look forward to.
TERMS & CONDITIONS (T's&C's)
Participation in this event is voluntary and entirely at the participants' own risk. Waterfront Rotary or any of its members or volunteers cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage or injury of any kind. Adherence to the rules of the road and the rally is the responsibility of every participant.
The Rally officially starts at 8.30 on 27 June 2021 and ends at 15h00 on 27 June 2021.
Prizes will be awarded according to the conditions described in the RULES which can be found on the 'How it works' page on the Rota-Rally web page. The Judges decisions are final and during the rally, the jurisdiction of the Race Director prevails.
Each participant must adhere to the South African Covid laws. The organisers reserve the right to cancel the event due to unforeseen and/or unavoidable circumstances. If the event has to be cancelled, all participants will be notified by email or phone and all entry fees will be returned. Refunds will be issued less the Quicket booking fees.
The 2021 Rota-Rally race director is Nadene Rolston: 0828946813 email: email@example.com