Get on your trolley for day of family-friendly fun

A racer takes part in a previous South Alive Trolley Derby. Photo: File

RIMU St will rumble into life on Sunday, March 7, for the annual South Alive Trolley Derby.

More than 16 homemade trolleys took part last year, with drivers aged from 7 years to grandparents, South Alive organising committee member Margaret Cook said.

“The Trolley Derby and Children’s Day celebrations (which also took place nearby) was a much-loved neighbourhood event and one of South Alive’s iconic events,” she said.

The trolley derby was originally planned to be held every two years but, due to public demand, it became had become an annual event.

“It’s a great day which brings all members of the family together to have a day of fun.”

Into its sixth year, the race announcer would be Darren Ludlow, who would also choose the best dressed or uniquely decorated trolley.

The day would begin with registrations and scrutineering at 12.45pm at the St Patrick’s Church car park, in Invercargill, before racing from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

As safety was the most important aspect, trolleys had to meet specifications for brakes and steering, and drivers were required to wear protective clothing, including elbow and knee pads, enclosed shoes and a helmet.

However, all participants agreed to take part at their own risk, she said.

Registration was free, and racing would be in heats for the various age groups from children to adult and corporate section.

However, more corporate trolleys were wanted for the corporate race to claim bragging rights.

South Alive had some trolleys to loan for children, which would be available on a “first come-first served” basis.

For those who were building trolleys and needed some bits, a generous discount was available for parts at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Use Shop (The Garage), 333 Bond St, on proof of race entry.

Children’s Day
As the Sunday activities would also be marking Children’s Day, an afternoon of family-friendly free events was planned in nearby Elizabeth Park, from 2pm to 4pm.

Events would include various old-fashioned traditional races, toss the gumboot, pony rides, bumper balls, a waterslide a colouring activity and bubble machine.

“All activities will be free,” she said.

There would also be food trucks on-site.

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