|ABSA 2010: Schools pocket South African Adenco 400 Rally price money.|
Three schools in the Darling area have pocketed R10 000 in prize money for taking the top three places in a competition run in conjunction with the Adenco 400, round one of the South African Absa Off Road Championship, in the Western Cape in March.
With the event generating a family atmosphere among the communities of Darling and surrounding areas the MSA Off Road Car Racing Commission donated R10 000 towards a schools competition. The school with the most children attending the race stood to win R5 000 with the second and third placed schools winning R3 000 and R2 000 respectively.
At a function in Darling this week a cheque for R5 000 was handed over to Mr E Kruger, headmaster of Vooruitsig Primary School, who took first place in the competition. Cheques for R3 000 and R2 000 were also handed over the principals of Darling College and Laerskook Darling.
"We are indeed thrilled to be the winners of the first prize in the competition and thank the MSA Off Road Car Racing Commision for its effort to make a difference at schools," said Mr Kruger. "You can be assured that these funds will be used to improve the quality of education at our school."
Local businessman Theo Basson, who co-ordinated the schools competition, complimented the schools on their turn out at the Adenco 400. "Staff and pupils entered into the spirit of the competition," he said, "and enjoyed being part of the atmosphere of a national championship off road race."
Richard Schilling, president of the MSA commission, said the competition had been a major success with similar projects planned for other races on the Absa calendar. "We have a duty to support communities where we race, and contributing towards the welfare of children is a more than worthwhile cause."
The family atmosphere at the event also saw Darling College responsible for the food and beverage sales at the start/finish and designated service point at the Darling Club. Local businessman Andre Kirsten and the Darling Golf Club were also responsible for catering at the prize-giving function.
The Cape Peninsula Motorcycle and Car Club, which organises the event, also make an annual donation to the Mamre Old Age Home.
2010/04/28 | 14:09 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/FORTUNE