Diani Rules is an annual Team Building
event started 27 years ago by a few people who thought it would
be a good idea to bring people to the coast during the low
season for some fun and to raise money for a worthwhile cause.
It is always held on the Madaraka Day Weekend.
We invite people from all over the
world to partake in events that have had their rules
changed to level the playing field for all standards and
ages of players to participate (young, old, fit, unfit
all are welcome).
Teams are made up of eight players,
with a minimum of three women partaking in each event.
Thanks to the generosity of local
establishments we are able to get good rates for
accommodation for competitors and spectators.
Over the years the event has been held
at Nomads, Alliance Hotels, Forty Thieves Beach Bar,
Pinewood Beach Resort, and Diani Sea Lodge.
This year we are back at Diani Sea
Lodge. We would not be able to run this huge event
without the assistance of many local residents who help
us out as officials and administrators and we are always
on the lookout for eager volunteers.
Diani Rules have performed 35,000 eye operations.
For the last twenty one years all
funds raised by this unique event have been donated to the very
worthwhile Kwale Eye Centre.
When we have the benefit of a major
sponsor we have raised in excess of 1,500,000/-Kshs, without a
major sponsor we normally raise around 500,000/-Kshs.
This year we hope to have over 16
teams participating and we look forward to anyone else who
wishes to come along and enjoy the weekend.
The origin of Diani Rules as a name
came about because whatever sports are played, the rules are
changed to allow people of all ages to compete in the fun and
most of the sports are played on the beach or in the sea.
Sponsorship of a team gives eight
competitors (minimum of three women in each game) two tee shirts
each with sponsors logo on the back, two dinners and two lunches
for the three day event.
Over 20 years of fighting blindness
Diani Rules has raised an astonishing
14, 293,030Ksh for Kwale Eye Centre!
The Eye Centre has grown from a basic
clinic to a large Centre which offers affordable, comprehensive
(helping those whose sight cannot be saved) eye care, while also
establishing and maintaining a strong grassroots community arm.
90,000 patients have been seen at the
Centre, and a further 500,000 in the field.
We have performed 35,000 eye
operations of which 3,368 were funded directly by Diani Rules
through the Poor Patients Fund.
This fund means that we can treat
people who need it even if they cannot pay what it costs.
1 in every 100 Kenyan was blind – 80
percent is preventable.
The commonest cause of blindness is
cataract. We perform over 1,000 operations each year.