Every year in March, the Rotary Club of Waitakere hold the annual soap box derby.
This event has proven to be an overwhelming success on all levels, including fund raising, sponsor’s satisfaction, schools participation and community entertainment.
Local businesses sponsor a kit set car into 20 nominated west Auckland schools. The school requirements are to provide a team of 5 – 10 students from year 6 to 10, and a teacher to oversee the project. The students then assemble the car, paint it in the sponsors and/or school colours and logos (with assistance from friendly panel beaters and signwriters), and race it on behalf of the sponsor.
The winner and the car of the National event, held in April, goes to America to race in the International event.
The Rotary Club of Waitakere City sees this project as an ideal opportunity to bring businesses and schools together, to the benefit of the local community. The funds raised from this event go towards supporting our current projects – many of them Youth Projects in Waitakere City.
Due to it’s success we have many enquiries from both schools and businesses wishing to participate each year and endeavour to include as many interested parties as possible. To avoid disappointment, we would like to hear from all those interested as early as possible.
To continue reading more about the Soap Box Derby look up the All-American Soap Box Derby web site www.aasbd.org