Soapbox Races Down Under 2020

President Peter and Member Patrick Rothon completed a ZOOM presentation on the Rotary Club of Billericay Soapbox Derby to Belmont Rotary Club near Melbourne, Australia.


Billy Cart Bonanza

When is a Soapbox a Billy Cart?  
No idea?  
Go find out ‘down under’.

Patrick Rothon discovered this on a recent visit to Geelong, near Melbourne in Victoria, Australia, when his granddaughter Matilda insisted he went with her for her driving lesson.  He discovered that her instructor was a Rotarian who thought our Soapbox Derby could be a great success in Geelong.
It’s a city about the size of Chelmsford and once the centre of the wool industry for Victoria. It has four Rotary Cubs who could assist with a Billy Cart Derby.

Positive Feed-back

Uptick (to use that terrible new in-word) was a call to Patrick from its Club Secretary asking for him to make a Zoom presentation to their members, at 6.00pm at their evening meeting.  6.00 pm – that’s 9.00 am in the UK – Ugh!

Patrick says: “President Peter prepared a PowerPoint presentation of key information, and joined me to present to the meeting, which went superbly.  The presentation covered the significant details, with photographs and facts of previous events.  We invited them to contact us again for further assistance.”

Pat added: “I have had a positive feed-back. Providing they can find the right venue, the show should go on. Billy Cart or Soapbox, I’m sure they will have the same spills and thrills. When I go to Geelong again, I will report back.”

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