|The Balloons team won the Best Dressed Team |
in the 2014 Perth Ramble
Friday, 1 May 2015
Rotary’s Perth Ramble delights thousands - dashing to new heights
For the fourth consecutive year, the Rotary Club of Mill Point, WA organised the Perth Ramble, a four-hour Sunday street event described as a cross between an amazing race and a treasure hunt. Thousands of people donned crazy costumes for the Perth Ramble again last October, enjoyed a walk discovering the heritage of Perth and learnt things about the city that many didn’t know existed. Along the way they had loads of fun, made new friends, exercised and raised a lot of money for Rotary charities.
Last year’s winning team won six return tickets to Barcelona, Spain while a randomly selected team flew to Singapore just for entering.
The Ramble is an iconic annual fundraiser for the Mill Point club which harnesses over 140 volunteers from its members and the public. There is television and radio exposure for the Ramble featuring the Rotary brand to the extent of over $300,000 a year, so everyone wins.
Last year’s event was exceptional in that it utilised the Ramble’s own Smartphone App for competitors to download questions and submit their answers as they proceed to the next question point. Teams are supplied cryptic clues to solve so they can even get the place where they can find a question to answer! At some checkpoints, they have to participate in a fun game – like Jenga or Walk the Tightrope – all good fun for young and old.
With so many young people enjoying the day, it puts Rotary into the minds of potential Rotary members. Even if they don’t join, they are all helping to raise money for charity. So far the Ramble has raised nearly $250,000 in its four years and, all going well, it should be another $100,000 raised in 2015.
Rotarian event manager Mark Horwood believes that the 2015 Perth Ramble will be the best ever, so if you get the chance, book a flight to Perth for the Sunday October 18 event to join with up to 10,000 people for a memorable day out discovering the fun things about Perth that you never knew existed.
Ramble chairman David Rowell believes the Perth Ramble is just stage one of the dream which is to have a Ramble for Rotary in every capital city of the world in 2022! Come over to Perth and learn about the Ramble for your club.