4WD Rally showcases Cromwell’s backcountry By Leigh-Anne Fox Wet weather may have postponed the Rotary Club of Cromwell’s 27th annual 4WD Rally 2021 by three days, but that didn’t stop keen adventurersholding off a few days to finally take on the Central Otago terrain. A full lineup of 4WD vehicles spent Monday passing across the rugged Waitiri, Wairau and Mount Pisa Stations enjoying regional backcountry alongside remarkable views while enjoying perfect weather conditions. Originally scheduled to take place on Friday, 8th January, the rally was postponed to Monday, 11th. “The weather simply wasn’t on our side last week and postponing the event was our only option,” says rally co-organiser Gordon Stewart. Thankfully the postponement didn’t affect participant numbers with 35 of the 40 places filled by 9am on Monday morning. “This year’s rally went exceedingly well, this is a popular annual event held by the local Rotary club and always attracts a maximum number of entrants. “The rally gives locals and visitors the opportunity to see parts of the country not easily accessible and this drives the popularity of the event,” he adds. Organised each year by Bill Wilson and Gordon Stewart, the event relies on fellow rotarians to volunteer and it is this support from across the club that helps to ensure a successful fundraising experience for all involved. Proceeds from the event will go to a charity called Shelterbox which provides temporary accommodation and tools for those affected by natural disasters throughout the world. “Without the support from our local farmers we couldn’t host such a great day out and we wish to sincerely thank those farmers who helped to make the day successful,” Gordon adds. A BBQ prepared by volunteers finished off a great day exploring the boondocks of Central Otago for a good cause.