Pork Pie Rally goal closer thanks to one day cricket

Kevin Hollamby (Rotowhenua Kiwanis Club) and his mate Peter (calling themselves ‘The Two Old Farts’) will be entering the Pork Pie Rally at Easter.  This rally will see 60 minis  muster in Kaitaia for the 5th running of the charity event. They will travel over 2500 kms over 6 days and 7 nights to Invercargill – all with the challenge of raising money for KidsCan NZ. 

The Two Old Farts, driving a yellow replica of the mini that featured in the original movie, hope to raise $100,000 towards the challenge.

With this in mind the Kiwanis Club of Westside decided to donate the takings from the car parking at the One Day Cricket match held in Hamilton on 5 February.

The day started with a bit of a hiccup with traffic management but after some discussion, a compromise was made and the cars arrived to be parked in the designated area.

Fortunately the incident did not mar a lovely day. Cricket fans witnessed a very close fought match which the Black Caps won in a nail biting finish.

At the end of the day traffic management caused another hiccup. The gates were chained for ’20 minutes’ to let pedestrians leave the grounds ahead of cars. Unfortunately this turned into 45 minutes, causing frustration for Westside club members and car owners as well. In some instances bollards were pulled out of the ground to let cars ‘escape’. 

All this time there was not a traffic management person in site…… the incident raised a few stress levels!

Alec and Yvonne from Westside did a great job of calming the scene down which meant that most people left happy with the overall day’s outcome.



Anyway enough of that – the day was a huge financial success with a cheque for $1700 given to Kevin plus another $267.90 collected as donations, a total of $1967.90


Pork Pie Rally 2017

Yes Its happening again. Due to public demand the ‘Pork Pie Charity Run’ will commence at Easter 2017.

Sixty Minis will muster in Kaitaia for the fifth running of the Pork Pie Charity Run.

After 6 days and 7 nights on the road only the fittest, the strongest, the desperate, cunning, and the most courageous, will arrive in Invercargill.

Over 2,500 Kms of New Zealand’s peripatetic roads must be travelled. These cars will encounter some of New Zealand’s biggest pot holes, wettest valleys, climb through cold mountain passes, cruise long South Island straights, pass through our biggest cities and friendliest rural towns. And all this time their drivers will be mesmerised by this country’s unique and ever-changing scenery from the front seat of a Mini.

Should you wish to accept this challenge and raise some serious $$$$$$ for KidsCan NZ then register now for the road trip of a life time.