Rally trip to Africa tests man
ROMA man Rob Smart will be on an endurance test of a lifetime when he travels Africa later this month to take part in an 18 day charity rally across seven nations.
Mr Smart is part of the 'Aussies on Safari' rally team, with fellow members Chris Conelly from Hebel, and Dawn and Barry Highland from Kingsthorpe as part of the 2018 Put Foot Rally.
The annual event challenges teams from across the globe to drive through the heart of the African continent to explore 9000km of breathtaking nature and culture, whilst donating shoes to schools in the countries visited.
"We start in South Africa, then go to Namibia, then Botswana and Zambia, then Malawi, Zimbabwe and then Mozambique,” Mr Smart said.
"You get to meet a lot of people and it's great fun.”
For Mr Smart, who is originally from Zimbabwe, the rally is a chance to raise money for causes close to his heart.
"Because I come from Africa, I've seen the impoverished children, who've never been able to afford shoes,” he said.
"The money also goes to the Save the Rhino Foundation, which I used to be involved in with the endangered species unit with the police.
Mr Smart, who has participated in numerous charity rallies before, is excited at the prospect of taking part in an event that will have no medical or mechanical backup if things go awry.
"How to get from one border post to the next is your problem,”
"The roads and some of the areas will be full of lions so if you're not careful it'll be a bit of an issue.”