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The Heart of Gazelles is a non-profit organization founded in 2001 dedicated to bettering the lives of the people of Morocco through access to clean water, education, orphanage support, job creation for women, and extensive medical services. The Moroccan government and Moroccan Ministry of Health support the organization and its admirable mission, and work with the non-profit to find the most remote areas in need.

The concept is simple - every year during the length of the Gazelle Rally, the Heart of Gazelles runs alongside the event providing much needed services and support to remote areas of the country. Amongst those services is an extensive medical caravan distributing medical equipment, providing medical consultations (over 20,000 to date), corrective glasses, labor assistance, and women’s health care support.

In addition to the medical caravan, the organization also provides orphanage support, and has dedicated monetary funds to assist local youth on the streets.

The Heart of Gazelles strong support of job creation for women has directly assisted with the building of a workshop where local women are able to earn a living and support themselves.  To find out more about the Heart of Gazelles and the work they do, log on to:


Wednesday, 28 March 2012 07:52

Leg 5 Recap

Leg 5 of the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles brought the top competitors closer together in the standings, leaving little room for error between the three as the finish draws near.

Team Lerner Reina #107 finished strong once again, but fell two positions in the overall to tenth after placing 16th in Leg 5. With only two more days left of competition, they are staying cool despite the pressure as the only U.S. team in the top ten. Amy Lerner, driver, stated "We were a little off yesterday, and today both of us made an effort to make this one count. The only expectation we set for ourselves was to improve, and we've taken a lot of time this past year to learn and practice our skills."

Wednesday's Marathon leg will take the teams for two days through a 255 kilometer course, with nine CPs and two advanced "X" CPs in the high dunes of M'hamid, known as Erg Chegaga. The first day of the leg is known as one of the most difficult of the rally due to navigation challenges in the open, featureless landscape and tedious driving conditions. Old dune remains create sand traps, cratered silt and dried mud, making a straight line nearly impossilble.