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By DONNA-LOUISE BISHOP, Reporter
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Three friends from Stalham will be embarking on a unique road trip tomorrow when they jump in an old black taxi to raise money for people affected by epilepsy.
Chris Greenard, 49, Gary Attew, 47, and Nigel Duffield, 47, will be leaving England on Thursday to take part in the 2012 Screwbally Rally which will see them driving about 1,800 miles across Europe.
Participants, affectionately named “screwballers”, are asked to raise at least £250 per team for a charity of their choice.
And Mr Greenard and his team have picked Epilepsy Action, after close-relative Oliver Scott-Greenard died last November following an epileptic seizure at the age of 19.
“This is a cruel and sudden disease,” Mr Greenard explained. “But it can be kept under control by medication.”
Decorated with sunflowers and sponsors names, the taxi cost the team £500 from an online auction site.
The rules of the rally state that the car used in the rally must cost no more than £750 but once the car is bought they can do what they like to it as long as the car remains road legal.
The friends will have the opportunity to take one of two routes - the leisurely route or a route which will take them through Switzerland.
All teams will meet at a starting point just outside of Dover and will then catch a ferry to Calais, France, and head off in convoy to Nancy.
From there they will make their way to Asti in Italy, Leichtenstein, Dijon and then return to Calais to ferry back to Dover.
The trip should take five days in total.
Mr Greenard said that the team would be funding their own expenses and anything raised would go to charity.
“It’s something we’ve always wanted to do,” he said.
“We’re all very interested in it too.”
The Screwball Rally is about having fun and visiting a few European countries with other like-minded people, as well giving something back to charity.
Last year the event raised more than £41,000 for UK and international charities and this year around 60 teams have already registered.
● To sponsor the Stalham team and donate to Epilepsy Action visit http://oliver.scott-greenard.muchloved.com. More than £9,735 has been raised through this site to date.