Completing the dakar rally

Kevin Camilleri, Azure Malta’s Memberships General Sales Manager, accompanied by Project Director, Perry Newton, experienced one of the world’s toughest motor races, the Paris to Dakar rally known as The Heroes Legend.

Kevin & Perry are both very enthusiastic bikers. Kevin has been interested in bikes since a teenager, however got back in the saddle only a few years ago. Kevin was the first ever-Maltese citizen to participate in the Dakar Rally. Perry had previous bike experience on “road bikes” and got back in the saddle again after 10 years.

They set off from France, receiving a fantastic warm reception en route from the town of Montauban. They made it through Spain at the time when flash floods devastated the south of the country. Kevin & Perry crossed Morocco and tackled the sand dunes, passing through the border to Mauritania where they encountered unbelievably high temperatures, got stranded overnight in the barren desert and experienced conditions in the sand and dunes that tested every ounce of navigational skills they possessed – not to mention testing their physical and mental stamina to their absolute limits. Their journey continued through Senegal, where the landscape became greener but no easier on navigation and endurance.

Kevin & Perry reached the finished line on the 13th October 2012 after their amazing adventure that lasted 15 days.

How did this adventure start?
Kevin & Perry have worked as senior managers at Azure Resorts Malta for the past 9 years. Four years ago, they rediscovered their youthful passion for biking when Perry watched the documentary Long Way Down, in which Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman travelled on motorbikes from UK to New York passing through 12 countries and 19 time zones in just 115 days, raising money for UNICEF along the way.

Without telling Kevin, Perry ordered two brand new BMW GS bikes and not so long after, they were travelling through 15 European countries in 15 days. They trained 2 years for the race, by going to UK and Morocco, with help from the Desert Rose Racing team, owned by Patsy Quick, the first British woman to complete the Dakar Rally in 2006.

Kevin & Perry raised funds for their preferred charities – the Malta Community Chest Fund, Cancer Research UK and UNICEF UK.

“Raising money for charity was an extra incentive for us not to give up,” Kevin Camilleri said, adding he never dreamed he would one day represent his country in a sport and he was honoured to do so.

The next rally will be the Hellas Rally in Greece! Good luck with your adventures!

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