Village People from YMCA hit the road

By Sara Bryce

Published on Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 14:43


Village People from YMCA hit the road

Roz Drysdale, Caroline Ash, Dr Jac Tracey, Kelly Burke and Kelly Edwards. Picture by Chris Thwaites.

FIVE countries, five people, five days, one car — that’s the slogan of the charity challenge for a group of workmates.

The team, who work at the YMCA’s children’s bereavement service, Shanklin, will raise money for the service by taking part in the Screwball Rally Challenge in an old Renault Laguna that has been transformed to look like a rally car.

The teams have to take part in cars worth less than £750 and will be driving through England, France, Italy, Switzerland and Lichenstein.

Dr Jac Tracey, a member of the team, said: "There are 71 organisations and charities going to the rally and they are all in it to raise the profile of their charities and funds for them.

"We have RAC cover and Kelly Burke is pretty handy with cars. Plus he’s bringing his Swiss Army knife."

The Screwball Rally Challenge started today (Thursday) at Dover and finishes 1,800 miles later back in England.

Dr Tracey said: "As we are fund-raising for the YMCA, we are going as the Village People and Kelly (Burke) said every time we fill up the car, we have to play the music and do the dance.

"We are being filmed and the videos will be uploaded to social media."

The group held a fundraising session in St Thomas’s Square, Newport, on Saturday, and aim to raise more than £5,000 for their cause.

The YMCA’s children bereavement service supports children who have lost someone close to them.

Kelly Burke said: "Sometimes, the effects of loss can have a long-lasting impact on young lives. To help support children through this, the service offers professional counselling and advice and guidance to child-based professionals."

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