The Swedish Race4Health organisation has just released an hour-long documentary, telling the thrilling story of its challenge on the 2015 East African Safari Classic Rally. Race4Health’s challenge was not only set on the rally stages: it was also faced in the test to deliver hundreds of pairs of prescription eyeglasses to sight-deprived villagers along the rally route through Kenya and Tanzania.
Founded in 2012 as part of the Team Tido group, Race4Health is a fundraising and community care organisation, funded by partners and sponsors who share the team’s appetite for competition and adventure. The team raised almost 2 million Swedish Krona (USD $230k) in 2015, which was distributed amongst charities and worthy causes including the Regine Sixt Children’s Foundation, Project Playground, Riders for Health, Prostate Cancer Förbundet and the Swedish Alzheimer Foundation.
Six Race4Health cars took part in the 2015 Safari Classic Rally: all Porsche 911s prepared and run by former Safari Classic Rally winners, Tuthill Porsche, with additional support on Safari from Swedish race mechanics. Two R4H 911s challenged for the lead from day one of the rally: Stig Blomqvist/Stéphane Prévot, and Richard Goransson/Emil Axelsson. The team’s other Porsches endured high speed rolls, damage to one front corner including a lost front wheel in the middle of a stage and many other challenging episodes.
Despite the team’s roller-coaster Safari experience, all six of the team’s 911s eventually took the chequered flag in Mombasa. Along the way, opticians Ann-Mari and Anders Ahrlin from Bålsta Optik performed eye examinations every day, supplying more than four hundred pairs of prescription spectacles to delighted recipients. The final results, both on and off track, speak volumes for the Race4Health spirit and the team’s most worthy ambitions. We hope to see them again in 2017!
Watch the video below or on the Race4Health Youtube channel. Click the button on the Youtube video to select (or disable) English subtitles. Well done to all!