The Rallye Aicha des Gazelles
The worlds only all female Rally Raid. Originally conceived in 1990 by Dominique Serra, initially planned as an image campaign and to dispel prejudices, but today the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles has grown into one of the most important motor sport events in France.
Now for 2015 the rally is celebrating it’s 25th year and has come a long way since the early days.
MAÏENGA and the RALLYE AÏCHA DES GAZELLES are now officially certified ISO 14001:2004. The Rallye Aïcha des gazelles is the only rally to obtain ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management Certification in 2010. This international standard guarantees that MAÏENGA has introduced an Environmental Management System (EMS) for integrating environmental policy into its actions and its global management strategy. MAÏENGA’s Environmental Management System was audited by VERITAS, accredited independent certification body, which also audited the Rallye itself, on location in Morocco, to verify the event’s conformity to the EMS. ISO 14001 certification is based on the identification of environmental impacts, possible solutions for improvement, and the introduction of suitable processes.
There is no prize money up for grabs for the participants. “The rally isn’t just any other race – it’s a commitment and dedication”, says Dominique Serra. The money generated helps to finance teams of doctors providing medical care for the population in the remote regions of Morocco. Annually and with the infrastructure of the Rally, a medical caravan, including a mobile clinic with 8 doctors, cares for the rural population.
2015 also see’s the first ever UK women’s team entering the competition. We wish them all well.