Clare Vale races for cheetahs

A Volkswagen Golf, named Lily, in honour of one of the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre’s cheetahs, will be racing at the 24-hour I’Lamuna race in October, with the renowned female racing driver, Clare Vale, behind the steering wheel. And after the race, Lily the Golf will be the prize in a competition aimed at raising funds for the cheetah centre.

Clare Vale

Clare, one of South Africa’s top racing drivers will be racing for the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre to raise funds for the centre. Clare and her team have had a long relationship with the cheetah centre and have held an annual karting day each year since 2009 to help raise funds for the centre. “Our Annual Cheetah Karting days have been very successful,” says Clare. “Since 2009, we have raised over R500 000 for the Cheetah Centre. However, since COVID-19, we have been unable to host a karting day due to the limitations on gatherings. Like most NGOs, the centre has been struggling to make ends meet, and we had to think of something new to assist them.”

The I’Lamuna race on 30 October at Red Star Raceway is an endurance race with a twist: competing cars may not be worth more than R50 000. “We especially bought the Golf Lily and built her up for the race. After the race, Lily will be refurbished in either race trim or road trim before being handed to the lucky winner,” she said.

“We are hoping to raise a substantial amount for the Cheetah Centre,” says Clare. “Thanks to Phoenix Events, the promoter of the 24 Hours of I’Lamuna race, Lily will go to her new owner with a free entry to the 2022 event or will happily spend the rest of her life as a reliable road car with a very unique history!”

Tickets are available on the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre website https://dewildt.co.za/ and cost R100 each. There is no limit as to how many tickets entrants may buy, and all the proceeds of the competition go directly to the centre.
For more information, contact the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre on 063 693 7403.