Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Diani Rules!

Last weekend I was fortunate to take part in the 24th world famous Diani Rules competition to raise money for the Kwale District Eye Center. As part of the South Coast Residents Association (SCRA) & Colobus Conservation team we played many silly beach games where the main rule was to have fun. At first we thought we would just have a laugh and enjoy ourselves, but then we started winning and got a taste for victory. The games included football with a rugby ball, tennis played with a football and your feet, volleyball, waterball as the waves came crashing in, frisbee in a hurricane, a boat race with no boats (only beer) and raft building and racing.

We actually came first and our prize was a crate of beer, accompanied by water, just in case. Here is a photo-reel to tell the story.

Forty Thieves Beach Bar, where the action took place.
Team members taking it all in before the games get underway

DJ hit it

Give me a rugby ball and I am smiling, even if it is to play football

Pre-game warm-up, hey look I am flying

Such an awesome team

Mind the frisbee
Block the frisbee with your life

Oh look, a sky diver

The water is coming in, must be time for waterball

The most amazing game I have ever played, the waves were epic.

Soaking wet but happy

Samuel is going back in

We won the first boat race (beer drinking competition) so we were up against the refs for the final

We won the boat race, twice, not sure if I should be proud about this or not

Day 2, time for a four way tug-of-war

Was great to watch the other teams struggling

The 2nd day started at 8am and two teams in our league did not show, so we had a traditional two way tug-of-war, which we won

Next was raft building, we were confident
Testing the raft before the action

I don't think this team (who are an engineering company) were taking the raft building too seriously
That was a tough event, and the raft survived

Tennisball was the final game and we rounded it off with a great win to come 1st and win more beer.
Well deserved victory drink

Also, lets not forget the real reason we all came together and that was to raise money (a fantastic KES 550,000 (£4000)) for the brilliant Kwale District Eye Center. Started in 1993 by Dr Helen Roberts here are just a few facts about what they have done and why their work is so important:

  • Worldwide one person goes blind every five seconds.
  • One child goes blind every minute.
  • Of the 45 million people who are completely blind, 90% live in the developing world.
  • In Kenya the rate of blindness is 10 times that of the western world.
  • One person in every hundred is totally blind, but 80% of this is preventable, over half is due to cataract.
  • The ratio of ophthalmologists to the population in Kenya is in the region of 1 : 1 million and they are concentrated in the cities. In UK the ratio is around 1 : 70,000.
  • Since 1993 the Kwale District Eye Center has helped:
    Children waiting for an eye test
  • 72,000 patients registered at their base
  • 320,000 patients seen in the field
  • Over 30,000 eye operations
  • In remote parts of Kenya 24,000 patients have been seen     

  • Photo credit - Andrea Donaldson and Forty Thieves Photographer.

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