Preparations for the 44th edition of the Seychelles annual Regatta are well underway, as the Round Table Seychelles (RTS) announces this year’s official dates and charitable cause during their event launched at the Air Seychelles VIP Lounge in Pointe Larue. RTS also took the opportunity of unveiling this year’s official artwork, contributed by local artist Colbert Nourrice.
Regatta has become a staple in Seychelles tradition. The event rakes in over 50,000 people every year to the well-known site in Beau Vallon for a weekend of events and entertainment. This year, the event will take place between Friday, 29 September and Sunday, 1 October, 2017.
RTS Club President, Neil Puresh said: “This year’s proceeds will go to the School For The Exceptional Child in Roche Caiman, specifically towards funding a significant refurbishment of the entire building during the Christmas holidays to massively improve the environment in which our disabled children and their teachers operate.
“In support of the cause, the Ministry of Education, along with the Office of the President will join with RTS so that the projects complement one another and synergies obtained. As it stands, the estimated project cost is in excess of SR 1.2M.
“Regatta is a one of a kind annual event that does not only provide a platform for businesses and individuals to contribute towards a noble cause for our own community, but also brings the Seychellois population together as one. It allows the regrouping of many facets of our diversified society today, such as Sports, Youth, Culture, Tourism and many more aspects of our lives. This further falls in line with Round Table International’s motto for this year: “One World, One Table.”
The three-day celebration acts as the largest recurring fundraising event in Seychelles, and relies heavily on its lottery as the primary method for raising funds for charity. This year, Round Table has taken extra steps to add additional value to the tickets, hoping to deepen the incentive to buyers and contribute to a larger donation to the cause.
The Star Prize this year is a 2017 Suzuki Vitara, partly sponsored by Kim Koon Motors. The back of the ticket will include a second raffle, doubling the chances of winning. Furthermore, other established partners of Round Table, namely Cable & Wireless (“CWS”), in partnership with PMC Auto and Air Seychelles, will run an SMS raffle for CWS Prepaid users between Monday, 21 August and Monday, 23 October, who stands a chance of winning a Hyundai EON and two Economy Class return tickets to Johannesburg.
Air Seychelles Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Josie Michaud Payet said: “Last year Air Seychelles and RTS donated over 100 water fountains to schools across the islands as part of a larger community initiative to provide free drinking water to schoolchildren. Following the successful implementation of this project we are delighted to continue working closely with RTS for the Regatta 2017.
“Air Seychelles prides itself on having a strong corporate social responsibility policy and as we are already working very closely with The School For The Exceptional Child we are proud to support this great initiative.”
Internationally renowned DJ Fiesta is the headlining performance on the opening night of the event, amongst many other of Seychelles’ best local DJs. The famous Miss Regatta pageant show will be held on the Saturday, followed by the lottery draw at closing on the Sunday.
About Air Seychelles
Air Seychelles was established in 1978 and began long-haul service in 1983. The airline currently offers international flights to Abu Dhabi, Johannesburg, Mauritius and Mumbai. Air Seychelles also offers more than 350 domestic scheduled flights a week throughout the archipelago, including domestic charter services. As the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, Air Seychelles is a pillar of tourism, the island nation’s strongest and growing economic sector. The airline maintains a strategic partnership with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates and 40 per cent stakeholder.