100 channel partners came together for Gamma Ball Rally V to raise money for two charities, Action Through Enterprise (ATE) and SpecialEffect, taking the total amount raised in Gamma Ball history to over £400, 000.
Registrations for Gamma Ball Rally V opened in May and spaces were filled within just 24 hours; setting the bar for an unforgettable three days of car-based fun, channel bonding and charity fundraising.
This year’s Gamma Ball Ralliers met at a banger racing track in Dover where they kicked things off with a best dressed competition. The pressure was really on this year for the participating teams to give it their all and it was clear that many of them had. There were a number of impressive car themes and creative fancy dress outfits, including an Elvis trio, Harry Potter and friends, Pokemons, and more Mr Ts than you can shake a stick at.
The teams then took to the track with their £500 bangers to test out their precision driving skills, followed by the ‘Need for Speed’ challenge which saw the Ralliers trying out SpecialEffect’s eye control gaming technology.
Once refuelled with a spot of track-side lunch, it was off in convoy to France by Le Shuttle and on to Brussels for the first overnight stay. After a long and fun-filled day of challenges the teams were able to enjoy some downtime while taking in the sights of Brussels and sampling some local beers…
The next day the teams drove from Brussels to the legendary Nurburgring racing circuit in Germany, where they spent a sunny afternoon competing in a series of physical and mental team challenges.
The Ralliers were then able to take their cars around the famed Nurburgring circuit. It was a daunting experience, but everyone seemed to get round unscathed in amongst the performance cars!
Continuing the trip to the City of Bonn, the Ralliers were treated to drinks on board a boat which took them along the River Rhine, allowing them to take in the city by water.
The final day saw the cars take on the Rhine River Valley Ramble treasure hunt, many still dressed in all their fancy dress glory. After spending the day navigating their way around the Rhine Valley, some of the cars were pushed to their brink. But this didn’t deter The Rallygators as they managed to befriend some helpful locals who kindly rescued them by tractor and towed them back to the hotel.
The Gamma Ball Rally gala dinner and charity auction was the focus of the final evening, which was held in the outskirts of Frankfurt. The evening kicked off with the competition scores and the much anticipated announcement of the Gamma Ball Rally V winners:
The auction was hosted by celebrity comedienne, Jo Caulfield who did a fantastic job of keeping the bids coming in and the laughter flowing, while entertaining the audience with her cutthroat wit and close to the mark observations.
It’s during the final evening of the rally that the majority of the money is raised, with Gamma’s generous channel partners bidding on some amazing donated items – everything from watches and iPhones to holiday houses, golfing days and flying experiences.
After the final amount raised and winners were announced, there was just one thing left to do before the teams made their way back home – celebrate!
Dean Ison, Director at Max Telecom (aka Viva Max Vegas, Spirit of the Rally winners) commented: “I’d like to congratulate the Gamma team on another fantastic rally. I can just imagine the time and effort required to make something like that run so smoothly, well they nailed it. It was our fourth Gamma Ball Rally and we loved every minute; taking home the Spirit of the Rally award was the icing on the cake. It’s a privilege to have been involved in helping raise £400, 000 for two exceptionally worthy causes.”
Daryl Pile, Channel Managing Director at Gamma added: “I’d like to thank everyone who helped make this year’s rally a success including our sponsors; Broadsoft, Polycom, Genband and Akixi, as well and everyone who’s generously donated – this wouldn’t be possible without you. The Gamma Ball Rally is all about raising well-needed funds for our charities, Action Through Enterprise and SpecialEffect. I’m blown away by how much money we’ve raised and humbled by the big difference it will make to these two worthy causes.”