Donaldson Cross Country Championship brings joy to Logwood Village


Words & Photo: Sa National Off Road Car Racing Association

A refurbishing project at Logwood Village, which caters for children suffering from Down’s syndrome, will be completed before Christmas – thanks to the generosity of the Donaldson Cross Country Racing fraternity.

The Logwood Village Christmas party is one of motorsport’s most enduring charity events and this year was again held at Tarlton International Raceway.

The annual party is organised by the South African National Off Road Racing Association (SANORA) in conjunction with the Rotary Merlins Club in Roodepoort and the Harley Davidson Club. Tarlton has been the traditional home of the party since its inception.

Over the weekend close on 200 kids from Logwood Village and Gateway were in the morning treated to rides in cross country racing cars, and trips on Harley Davidson and BMW motorcycles. This was followed by a sing along and lunch before the arrival of Father Christmas and the distribution of gifts provided the highlight of the day.

“The party was again the climax of the year for the kids but, more important, we raised enough money for the completion of a refurbishment project that had stalled,” said SANORA chief executive officer Richard Schilling. “Once again the cross country fraternity rose to the occasion and opened their hearts, and their wallets, to people who are less fortunate.

“For those of us who have been involved with the Christmas party since its inception, the 25th anniversary was a very special occasion.”

Schilling paid tribute to Tarlton International Raceway owner Mick van Rensburg who provides the venue and facilities to entertain the kids in a safe environment.