The Caldicott Gumball Rally

03 May 2019


20 cars, from classic to super, lined up in the Caldicott car park early one Sunday morning in April. They were getting ready to drive off round the Chiltern countryside for the very first Caldicott Gumball Rally and to raise money for Great Lakes Outreach. Each participant raised sponsorship for their cars and we are pleased to announce that the Caldicott community raised just over £10,500!

Caldicott Gumball Rally cars

Great Lakes Outreach (GLO) is a charity that works with local leaders in Burundi to transform the country through education, sport, business, healthcare and more, bringing hope to thousands of the most vulnerable. The school has been supporting GLO throughout the academic year with many fundraising events such as football tournaments, cake sales and non-uniform days. With more events still to happen, the full amount of money raised, from all activities, will be announced at the end of the Summer Term.

Organised by Caldicott parents, Mr and Mrs Grimsey, and Charity Coordinator, Miss Duncan, the Rally took participants on a 62 mile round trip through the scenic Chiltern Hills. Armed with car stickers, a torch and a football, they were in for a fantastic, and interesting, day. The Rally was not a race, but participants needed to complete a set of tasks at each stop to be crowned the Rally Champions.

Cars taking part included an Austin Healey 3000, Triumph TR6, Bentley 3ltr 1924 Speed Model and a Lotus 7.

The Rally course took participants to a range of locations: Cliveden House, where they needed to complete the maze in a quick time; Hellfire Caves in West Wycombe; Wormsley Estate; Coombe Hill and Wexham Golf Club to play footgolf. At each stop, volunteers handed over coordinates to the next location. It was a sight to see at each place, they definitely got peoples attention.

Caldicott Gumball Rally

Two prizes were awarded: the best tuned out car, voted for by the Headmaster and the overall champions.

  • Best Turned Out Car – ‘Radical Thinkers’ in a Radical SR3.
  • Rally Champions – ‘Bloomers on the Line’ in a classic Beetle.

Caldicott Gumball Rally Winners

To add an extra element to the Rally, a staff team made up of Mr Timms (Deputy Head, Pastoral), Mr Zengerink (Head of Cricket) and Mr Leggett (Head of Science), ran and cycled the course (relay style) in their own fundraising challenge. They managed to beat all the cars back to Caldicott at the end of the day!

To help with the running of the event, Caldicott would like to thank corporate sponsors Lancaster Jaguar Land Rover Slough, Bovingdon’s, Martin Adams and Turquoise Holiday Company. Thanks also go to Cliveden, Hellfire Caves, Wormsley and Wexham Golf Club for allowing us to use their facilities for the event.

Caldicott is extremely proud of the fundraising initiatives that happen at school. Every boy takes part in any way they can to help those that need it.

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