Cornball rally promises day of fun and fundraising

CHAOS Radio - Cornball Rally fills the streets of Charlestown, Cornwall

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Dig out your best fancy dress and a group of your closest friends for a day of scenic drives, quirky challenges and community spirit at the inaugural Cornball Rally, coming to Cornwall this summer.

Hosted by the team behind the excellent Cornwall Banger Rally Challenge, which typically takes drivers on an adventure through Europe, Cornball 24 sets off on Saturday, May 11th from Tencreek Holiday Park in Looe.

Limited places are still available for the event, which takes teams through the heart of Cornwall for a series of fun activities, with all proceeds donated to Cornwall Air Ambulance.

Organiser and banger rally veteran Sarah Hart told CHAOS Radio that the rally is all about ‘putting the fun into fundraising’ and to give Cornwall a chance to experience the unique nature of the challenge concept.

“Talking to the people of Cornwall, they all really would love to do the big rallies that we do but that is a seven-day event, is a big commitment and you still have to get back from wherever we end up,” she explained. “So we came up with the idea to do one in a day and one that local people could just join in with. 

“It gives people a taste of what the rally is all about; all the fun, that effervescence, raising money for charity, that community thing, the teams, it is just a crazy little party across Europe and we wanted to do it across Cornwall. Everyone will leave from Tencreek but I can’t disclose locations because that would be cheating. 

“I can’t tell you where they are going but I can tell you that there are some amazing, crazy places that we are going to take our drivers to, probably some that they won’t be expecting. You can come in your own vehicle or in whatever vehicle you want. We are not restricting it like we do with the main rally. The only proviso is that you must be in fancy dress. It is a big fancy dress party, so choose your theme. 

“You can dress your car up if you want to but that is not an obligation in this particular rally. It makes great social media and is brilliant for pictures if everybody is in themes because then you won’t actually recognise people by their names. It will be, ‘oh look there’s the Smurfs’ or whatever and you will forever be known as the Smurf. The only other proviso is that children have to be over 12-years-old if they are going to come along and it is an adult’s party in the evening. There will be entertainment, live music, an after party and prize giving.”

Cornwall Banger Rally Challenge recently announced details of their 11th main rally adventure, Split or Bust, which will take fundraisers in fancy dress from Charlestown to Croatia’s second largest city this September.

Teams must enter with a car that qualifies as a ‘banger’ – being more than 15-years-old or costing less than £1,000 – and choose a charity, or charities, to benefit from their activities.

The precursor for that is the upcoming Cornball, a standalone event with fewer requirements that acts as a locally-based taster for the main event while continuing the theme of raising vital funds for good causes.

“The aim of the game is to have some fun,” continued Hart. “There will be bits of Cornwall that a lot of people won’t have actually seen, even if they live here, that we are putting on the map and we are actively supporting the Cornwall Air Ambulance.

“We like to try and do our bit, that is the whole point of doing this, raising money and awareness for our local charities with an emphasis of putting the fun into fundraising. Entry costs £85 per team of two and you will get T-shirts for that and some other little bits and pieces that go into it. It also provides your dinner.

“If you want to stay overnight, Tencreek have been wonderful in giving us a discount on accommodation either the night before and the night of the rally or just the night of the rally, so people can stay and don’t have to worry about getting home.

“Come along and have a crack, what else are you going to do on May 11? There is not much going on – the season’s not kicked in – come and have some fun, and raise some money for charities.”

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