Go Bananas For The Big Banana Relay
It's not every day that you see a gorilla landing a helicopter, riding a supermarket trolley or reclining on a platform engrossed in a book about the 'age of steam'. But such was the madness on the opening weekend of the Big Banana Relay, GoApe's fundraising challenge for 2014.
Bunting, Bananas and Fundraising.
Optimism for a sunny launch party was well founded...
...and, on the odd occasion when the sun disappeared behind a cloud, there was enough yellow bunting, bananas and laughter to brighten the day. Despite running a busy site the gorillas at Bedgebury pulled out all the stops to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust - selling cakes and refreshments, organising a 'banana hunt' in the woods and being the target of many a soggy yellow sponge.
Whether squeezing into a Little Tikes car, employing the services of a breakdown truck, climbing onto a rubbish lorry or riding a tandem in a hot furry outfit they rose to the challenge for a very worthy cause.
The banana is now with Go Ape Crawley before making its way to Paris think Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Then it's the turn of the Black Park apes to run and cycle to Bracknell. They'll just miss a day at the races (now a gorilla on horseback would be a sight to see) but I'm sure there'll be the odd top hat or boater around Eton for a great British photo shoot!
Watch out for the hairy antics in your area this summer
Follow the banana's journey at www.goape.co.uk/bigbananarelay and, if you see a gorilla riding, running, climbing, flying or swimming please support us in our efforts and drop a few coins in the collection for Teenage Cancer Trust.
Here are some images from the first leg...
Here is a link to Leeds Castle Just Giving Page
...and from our second leg...
Here is a link to Bedgebury's Just Giving Page