In a vast marquee tent set up in the heart of the Essaouira Medina, in a warn and cozy atmosphere created by a charming Moroccan decor, the Gazelles, partners and the organization team came together for the closing gala evening the 31st edition of the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc.
“Champagne is emotion” Franck Coste of Champagnes Tsarine, official partner of the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles for many years, opened the evening alongside Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank . " Let the party begin ! »
The winners of each category took their place on the leg to applause : they were presented with a gold pendant representing a sand ladder as well as a Saint Honoré watch and an Afriquia fuel voucher by Mr. Elbaghdadi Said, Managing Director of Afriquia.
On this evening moderated by Alexandre Devoise, the Goodyear Solidarity Prize was presented by Mario Recio, General Sales Manager, Goodyear France to Team 224 (Cyrielle Schwartzmann / Manue VUILLET - DJ Seb) in support of French firefighters. Indeed, Cyrielle and Manue crossed the desert in one of the Doubs fire trucks that they represented.
Pastilla, tajine, an assortment of oriental salads; a Moroccan feast accompanied by wine from château Roslane set the pace for the dinner before the Gazelles took to the dance floor for the of the concert Chérie FM performance of the energetic duo Les Frangines.
Marina Vrillacq, General Manager of the Rallye and president of Coeur de Gazelles, invited all the association's volunteers to join her to the ovations of the guests. This wonderful team carried out paediatric, optical and ophthalmological care and prevention actions and distributed donations throughout the week.
Urban artist Arthur Simony was also present for a moment of sharing where each gazelle and guest could join in the creation of a participatory fresco during the evening. This fresco will be given to the city of Essaouira.
Thus ends the 31st edition of the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc., a particularly striking edition marked by 80% first-time attendees, exhausting weather conditions, and indelible memories that will certainly impact the Gazelles along the remainder of their personal and professional paths, as Christine Lagarde pointed out this very morning:
« For 15 days you took your destiny into your own hands, you proved that women are capable of anything, especially the best. Let's ensure that the destiny of the world is also and above all taken care of by women »