Go Bananas for the Big Banana Relay
Bunting, Bananas and Fundraising.
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. 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 GoApe 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
Leeds Castle to Bedgebury Leg
First leg of the Big Banana Relay. Setting off from Leeds Castle and heading to Bedgebury. #bigbananarelay
[img src=http://blog.goape.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/leeds-castle-to-bedgebury/thumbs/thumbs_1365.jpg]3741Some little Tarzan's throwing sponges at our Gorilla.
[img src=http://blog.goape.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/leeds-castle-to-bedgebury/thumbs/thumbs_1244.jpg]3242Pull your best monkey impression!
[img src=http://blog.goape.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/leeds-castle-to-bedgebury/thumbs/thumbs_p1110313-c.jpg]2971Getting ready to leave Leeds Castle...
[img src=http://blog.goape.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/leeds-castle-to-bedgebury/thumbs/thumbs_img_9848.jpg]2770...and we are off!
[img src=http://blog.goape.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/leeds-castle-to-bedgebury/thumbs/thumbs_gopr0364-c.jpg]2671Our Gorilla piloting the helicopter!
[img src=http://blog.goape.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/leeds-castle-to-bedgebury/thumbs/thumbs_p1010341.jpg]2471Hurray! We made it!
[img src=http://blog.goape.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/leeds-castle-to-bedgebury/thumbs/thumbs_p1010202-e.jpg]2301Well Done to the whole team!
…and from our second leg…
Here is a link to Bedgebury’s Just Giving Page
Bedgebury to Tilgate Park Leg
The second leg of our Big Banana Relay! Our big banana travels from Bedgebury to Tilgate Park (Crawly) by various modes of transport! #bigbananarelay
[img src=http://blog.goape.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/bedgebury-to-tilgate-park-leg/thumbs/thumbs_bbr-062.jpg]3642ooh no! There has been a crash....
[img src=http://blog.goape.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/bedgebury-to-tilgate-park-leg/thumbs/thumbs_bbr-077.jpg]3101What will he do now?
[img src=http://blog.goape.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/bedgebury-to-tilgate-park-leg/thumbs/thumbs_bbr-099.jpg]2860We need a tow!
[img src=http://blog.goape.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/bedgebury-to-tilgate-park-leg/thumbs/thumbs_bbr-101.jpg]2691The car is all hitched up!
[img src=http://blog.goape.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/bedgebury-to-tilgate-park-leg/thumbs/thumbs_bbr-121.jpg]2501How will the Gorilla complete his journey..?
[img src=http://blog.goape.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/bedgebury-to-tilgate-park-leg/thumbs/thumbs_bbr-155.jpg]2381Off to the station we go...
[img src=http://blog.goape.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/bedgebury-to-tilgate-park-leg/thumbs/thumbs_bbr-164.jpg]2220Paperwork is all in hand!
[img src=http://blog.goape.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/bedgebury-to-tilgate-park-leg/thumbs/thumbs_bbr-204.jpg]2191Waiting for the train...
[img src=http://blog.goape.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/bedgebury-to-tilgate-park-leg/thumbs/thumbs_bbr-242.jpg]2051Shotgun...oh wait its the wrong train...
[img src=http://blog.goape.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/bedgebury-to-tilgate-park-leg/thumbs/thumbs_bbr-260.jpg]2001The friendly conductor for the right train!
[img src=http://blog.goape.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/bedgebury-to-tilgate-park-leg/thumbs/thumbs_bbr-344.jpg]1851All aboard!
[img src=http://blog.goape.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/bedgebury-to-tilgate-park-leg/thumbs/thumbs_bbr-287.jpg]1831Classy travel...
[img src=http://blog.goape.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/bedgebury-to-tilgate-park-leg/thumbs/thumbs_bbr-299.jpg]1701A spot of light reading before the next leg...
[img src=http://blog.goape.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/bedgebury-to-tilgate-park-leg/thumbs/thumbs_bbr-303.jpg]1701Ready for the last part of our journey!
[img src=http://blog.goape.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/bedgebury-to-tilgate-park-leg/thumbs/thumbs_p1010256.jpg]1642Tandem bike ride...
[img src=http://blog.goape.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/bedgebury-to-tilgate-park-leg/thumbs/thumbs_p1010261.jpg]1670...still biking...
[img src=http://blog.goape.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/bedgebury-to-tilgate-park-leg/thumbs/thumbs_p1010263.jpg]1610...out gorilla appears not be pedalling as much as his companion!
[img src=http://blog.goape.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/bedgebury-to-tilgate-park-leg/thumbs/thumbs_p1010274.jpg]1601Hurray! We smashed it!