“This 30th edition marks a new start for Morocco”
Once parked, the Gazelles make their way to the patio of Hotel Medina, just steps from the beach, for the prize-giving ceremony. They enter through an honour guard formed by all the Rallye organizers, who applaud them. Some are extremely moved, like Vanessa of Team 182 (Fanette CADOU / Vanessa PAILLET), who can hardly hold back her tears.
“This 30th edition was complicated, but we made it, and it is thanks to you”, announces Dominique before calling onto the stage, by her side, the entire Maïenga team, who fought since the first postponement in March 2020 so that the event could take place. The members of Maïenga are joined by the rest of the organizers, to whom the Gazelles pay tribute with a standing ovation. “You are all links in the chain; thank you for your kindness and generosity”, thanks Dominique. And what could be better than a video to discover, through images, the daily work of the organizers on location.
Absent for personal reasons, the patron of the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc, Christine Lagarde, sends a message of congratulations to the Gazelles, promising to be there in March 2022 for the 31st edition. Other prominent figures also pay tribute to the teams, including André Azoulay, Advisor to His Majesty the King of Morocco. “The greatest prize of these thirty years of existence is you, Dominique”, he says, before adding: “This 30th edition marks a new start for Morocco”.
The Governor of Essaouira, Mr. El Maliki, and the Director of the Moroccan National Tourist Office, Mr. El Fakir, are in attendance as well as Mrs. El Hairy, State Secretary for Youth and Engagement, who stresses: “You have managed to do the incredible!”. Many partners have also made the trip. A video is shown paying tribute to the partners, without whom the Rallye would not exist.