March 10, 2013


Still less then a week to go before arriving! Are you following up on the Gazelles?

WHO wants to join my team next year? Let me know!

This is really something for Desert DIVA'S who like adventure!
The Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc is a rally which is held in the deserted parts of southern Morocco.
This year the Rally will take place between 15 and 30 March. Starting in Paris and the finish-line in Essaouira on the Atlantic coast in southern Morocco.

A total of about 2,500 kilometers through dried-out river beds, shock absorber-busting stony plains and the sandy dunes of the western Sahara desert have to be covered by the teams with only a compass and a 1:100,000 scale map to plot their route between checkpoints. GPS, and any kind ofbinoculars and cell phones are forbidden items. The winner is not the fastest team but the one which has traveled the least number of kilometers on the onboard odometer between checkpoints within a given time frame (distance driven minus straight-line distance). Penalty kilometers are allocated for missed checkpoints and requests for technical assistance. For safety reasons, the teams are constantly monitored by a satellite tracking system.
Dominique Serrr, head of the operating agency Maïenga, organized the first women’s rally in 1990. Initially planned as an image campaign and to dispel prejudices, today the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles is one of the most important motor sport events in France.

The 2009 rally took place under the patronage of his Majesty, the Moroccan King Mohammed VI on the occasion of his tenth year of reign. King Mohammed VI had - much to the opposition of the fundamentalists and Islamist conservatives – reformed and liberalized family law in favour of women by creating a new family code, the Mudawana, during his 10 years of rulership.

MAÏENGA and the RALLY AÏCHA DES GAZELLES are now officially certified ISO 14001:2004. The Rallye Aïcha des gazelles is the only rally to obtain ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management Certification in 2010. This international standard guarantees that MAÏENGA has introduced an Environmental Management System (EMS) for integrating environmental policy into its actions and its global management strategy. MAÏENGA’s Environmental Management System was audited by VERITAS, accredited independent certification body, which also audited the Rallye itself, on location in Morocco, to verify the event’s conformity to the EMS. ISO 14001 certification is based on the identification of environmental impacts, possible solutions for improvement, and the introduction of suitable processes.
There is no prize money up for grabs for the participants. “The rally isn’t just any other race – it’s a commitment and dedication”, says Dominique Serra.

The money generated helps to finance teams of doctors providing medical care for the population in the remote regions of Morocco.
Annually and with the infrastructure of the Rally, a medical caravan, including a mobile clinic with 8 doctors, cares for the rural population.
In addition, aid for children’s education has been set up as well as aid for an orphanage for children under six years of age.

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