CHEAPISH older cars and a scavenger hunt are all part of a charity drive with a difference – a motor car rally to raise funds for a Walmer township library.
A group of 13 drivers and their teammates have signed up for the inaugural Jam Jar Rally, which starts at Something Good at Pollok Beach on Friday and travels along back roads to Knysna, ending at Steytlerville on Saturday night.
Paul Engler, one of the drivers and the brain behind the rally, said the only rule was the 13 cars had to be older than 30 years and worth less than R30000. Each car may have up to four occupants.
“The idea came to me after I spoke to Glenda Brunette, a finalist of The Herald GM Citizen of the Year. She was trying to raise money to buy a container which will be used as the library for kids in that area.
As a businessman I spoke to other business people who are my friends to lend a hand,” Engler said.
“We came up with the idea of racing with old cars. We are going to be travelling for 800km.
This is something totally new in Port Elizabeth. We expect people to bring children’s library books on the day of our departure and it will also be good if people can donate their old books.”
Engler, who owns a specialist cleaning company, has already kitted out his 1983 Mercedes Benz 230E with stickers, big horns and a long toy snake, “just for security”.
“There is a prize for the best car and best dressed team. There will be different tasks along the route. We have a reverse race and a blind-fold race in which the drivers will be helped by their teammates,” he said. Brunette, 52, who looks after creches in Walmer township under the auspices of the Walmer Angels Project, said Engler’s idea to raise funds for a container library in Walmer township was wonderful.
“We have seen the need for this library as it is going to help the kids improve their reading skills.
“I am happy Engler and his business partners are willing to help. We are also looking for volunteers to give us an hour of their time to give English lessons to the Grade 2s.”
Members of the public can watch the start of the rally at Something Good at 6.30am for 7am on Friday and are encouraged to bring along children’s books to donate.
Engler hopes to make the rally an annual event, expanding it to other beneficiaries around the Bay.