THE fourth Ulysses Garden Route Whale Rally was held in Plettenberg Bay at the weekend, with more than 1 500 bikers roaring through the town to raise funds for charity. In 2005, when the first rally was held, 550 people attended. That figure grew to 900 the following year and 1100 in 2007.
Two bikers drove all the way from Zimbabwe to join the Whale Rally this year. Frank Beale, a member of the organising committee for the rally, said: The rally, the attendance numbers, the mass parade along the Main Street of Plettenberg Bay by 700 bikes, the stalls at Forever Resorts, everything has exceeded our expectations and it has been a huge success. The Whale Rally raises funds for charity and worthy causes. The R150 entrance per person is first used to cover costs and any remaining money is pumped into local charities.
The amount given to charitable causes by the rally in 2007 was R30 000 and is likely to be exceeded this year. Recipients of funding will be The Sabrina Love Foundation, which helps children with disabilities, Creating Effective Families (CEF), an organisation dedicated to rehabilitating the victims of abuse and Born Free Ministries, which provides care for young children.
A conservative estimate is that the two day rally injects some R250 000 into the ecoirlomy of Plettenberg Bay.
Ian Whittle of Addo in the Eastern Cape travelled down with friends from Port Elizabetth and Port Alfred. He said: The rally has been fantastic and very well organised. But it has been cold at night camping on the banks of the Keurbooms River.
Mike Engelbrecht and Anthony Mackintosl* drove 2 200km from Harare in Zimbabwe to attend the rally.
RIDING FOR CHARITY. Mike Engelbrecht (left) and Anthony Mackintosh (right) rode their bikes from Harare in Zimbabwe to take part in the rally. They were joined by Engelbrechts two daughters, Tammy (second from left) and Carl, who are students in George.
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