TWO rally drivers visited a local British school to collect educational materials before heading off across Morocco.
Juan Serrano González and Alex Lozano Philips from Javea set off on their 1800 km journey along with 134 rally cars on Sunday December 4.
The amateur team, sponsored by Elians British School, began their race at Al Hoceima and will have completed six stages before arriving at the finishing line in Merzouga.
Co-pilot Alex told the Euro Weekly News the six day drive was going to be challenging but rewarding, “we will stop at some of the villages and give out the school materials Elian’s has donated, at one point we will only be 6km from Algeria which highlights the distance and terrain we have to cross.”
The 11th edition of the Maroc Challenge this international event is organised for amateur teams from Europe. Many drivers are from Spain but some are from Italy, Portugal and Great Britain.
Pupils, staff and parents at the school raised money to help fund the team with a cake sale on December 2 raising a further €235. Pupils also donated toys as Christmas presents for the children in Morocco.
The teams collected 2,000 clothing items, 500 pairs of shoes and 620 batches of school supplies, to give out during their travels.
Organisers, aware of safety, ensured all participants had the latest technology. Each vehicle is equipped with a spot beacon system enabling them to be located at all times and an SOS message sent if required.
Alex said: “it’s a great chance to have an adventure and enjoy spectacular scenery and we thank Elian’s for all their kindness and fundraising.”
Full details can be found at www.marocchallenge.com