Community Spirit: Canaryball Rally
Impressed by the Community Sports Foundation’s ambitious ‘build the NEST’ campaign, creating a community hub in Norwich for disabled and disadvantaged people from the region, Simon set his sights on raising a significant amount of money. With CSF’s links to Norwich City, the inaugural ‘Canaryball Rally’ was born.
Canaryball Rally 2019
Across five days in October 2019 17 teams travelled from the Nest across Europe to visit the three stadiums that Norwich City played in during their famous 1993/1994 UEFA Cup Run, raising over £75,000 and creating long-lasting friendships from the participants.
Tragically, Simon was diagnosed with cancer a few months after the event and passed away in September 2020. Knowing how much he and the other Canaryballers enjoyed the first rally, and how keen he was to continue raising money for CSF, the staff at Credo are delighted to be able to share plans for a second adventure.
Canaryball Rally 2022
The 2022 Canaryballers will be swapping Europe for North Scotland, and football stadiums for Highland Cows, fabulous views and the Loch Ness Monster as they undertake the North Coast 500 route. Widely recognised as one of the world’s best and most beautiful road trips, the rally teams will combine the drive through the stunning scenery with a variety of other challenges as they bid to lift the coveted Canaryball Rally trophy!
With a target of raising a minimum of £2,500 per car, an expanded field of 23 teams will be participating in April’s event, jointly organised by Credo and CSF.
Q&A with participants of Canaryball Rally 2019 and 2022
Declan Lohan (left in picture), part owner of Virtuosi Racing in Attleborough, and Stewart Ramsey (right), owner of ION Networks participated in the first rally and are doing so again this year:
Why did you want to take part in the Canaryball Rally?
Because my good friend Simon Gray told me I was! Joking aside, I was impressed with how he wanted to help others, which inspired me to do the same.
What did you do to raise money and how much did you raise?
We simply contacted business associates and friends, told them their companies names were going to be on our car and asked their business to donate £500. This raised around £10,000.
Why did you decide to participate again this year?
Firstly, because it’s raising money for the NEST, a brilliant cause, and it was such fun the last time we would be mad not to do it again!
Although the 2022 Rally cannot take any more teams, any business interested in supporting through sponsorship can do so by contacting Fran Brown at Credo.
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