Lynda Thalie named Canadian spokeswoman for the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles du Maroc

    Music video for the tribute 'Le Rallye des Gazelles' unveiled

    Montréal, Jan. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Quebec singer of Algerian origin Lynda
Thalie has been named Canadian spokeswoman for the 19th edition of the Rallye
Aicha des Gazelles, an automobile rally putting women of all backgrounds from
Quebec and around the world to the test in the Moroccan desert. Rallye founder
Dominique Serra flew in from Paris to make the announcement today and to
attend the official release of the new tribute music video 'Le Rallye des
Gazelles' by Lynda Thalie. Madame Serra presented the 2009 Rallye and its
charitable project, the Heart of Gazelles Association.
    "Lynda Thalie and the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles are a natural fit,
explained Dominique Serra, because we work in the same direction: to promote
the courage, the endurance and the freedom of women, whether they be in
Quebec, North Africa or anywhere in the world."
    Lynda Thalie's 'Le Rallye des Gazelles' has been chosen as the official
song for the event. The song promotes women's liberation and celebrates
equality of the sexes, a right protected in Morocco by His Majesty King
Mohammed VI. For this reason, the 19th edition is dedicated to His Majesty for
his initiatives towards the improvement of the status of women. Ms Thalie will
travel to Essaouira, Morocco next March to give a concert for Rallye
participants at the event's closing gala.
    Unique in the world of motorised sports, the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles is
a competition for women only, based on traditional-style navigation, without
the benefit of GPS and where speed is not a criterion. The Rallye Aicha des
Gazelles takes steps to protect the environment and the local populations.
    A photo will be transmitted to the media this afternoon

    About the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles:

    Established in 1990, the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles has evolved into a
major adventure-sports event, bringing together women-only teams from around
the world. The participants, or "Gazelles", take part in an event which
requires non-GPS based orientation, a level of finesse in terrain analysis and
map reading skills. The contestants must follow a marked itinerary in the
minimum number of kilometres; speed is not a criterion. In addition to Canada,
participants hail from countries such as France, Belgium, Italy, Portugal,
Spain, Russia, the United Kingdom, Morocco, Nigeria, Angola, Cameroon, South
Africa and Senegal. The Rallye Aicha des Gazelles is the first desert
navigation rally to adopt an eco-friendly and citizen-friendly mandate.

    Based in France with a team in Quebec, MAIENGA is the founding event and
management agency of the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles.

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/

For further information:

For further information: Canadian media contact: Michelle Sullivan,
Michelle Sullivan Communications, (514) 995-4015,

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