The Grand Vitara, sponsored by Suzuki Auto South Africa, is being campaigned in the Put Foot Rally, a 7 000 km adventure that will see participating teams visiting some of Southern Africa’s most iconic destinations before finishing on the Mozambican coast in early July.
The unassisted 17-day event is organised by the Put Foot Foundation with the dual objectives of providing hope, pride and dignity to young African learners by providing them with South African-made leather school shoes, while also contributing to Project Rhino’s anti-poaching activities.
There are no prizes for finishing first, with fundraising and fun the key objectives, together with proving that Africa is safe, affordable and accessible in any vehicle.
Crewing the Grand Vitara will be the Team Half Full Four - an optimistic, altruistic and adventurous foursome consisting of Jimmy 'Radar' Parfitt, 'Field Nurse' Kate Parfitt, Helen 'Ostrich' Parfitt and Ron 'Colonel' Rutland.
Jimmy and Kate Parfitt are New Zealanders based in China, while fellow Kiwi Helen works and lives in London when she’s not travelling the world. Cape Town-based Ron is the only South African, and helped organize the inaugural Put Foot Rally in 2011.
“We can’t wait to experience Africa in the comfort and style offered by the Grand Vitara,” said Ron at the start of the event. “We will also get to test it thoroughly in the hugely diverse terrain that awaits. The Put Foot Rally in a Grand Vitara? It’s the Suzuki way of life!”
The Put Foot Rally will visit Namibia’s Etosha Park, the Zambezi River in Zambia, Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe and Lake Malawi before the finish on the white sands of Mozambique. Teams competing in the event choose their own routes between dedicated (and compulsory) check point parties that take place in each country.
Follow the team's adventures on https://www.facebook.com/HalfFullFour
or twitter @HalfFullFour. To make a contribution to their fund-raising efforts, please donate directly at http://www.givengain.com/activist/53746/projects/2636/