A mother and daughter team will embark on a journey in July 2018 from London to Outer Mongolia with our final destination being Ulan-Ude in Russia. Both of us know very little about cars but will be travelling in a small car with an engine size of 1.1litre through different countries and terrains. We hope to whizz by Western Europe to spend more time in Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, to Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan [which is described as the roof of the world] to Mongolia and hopefully reaching our final destination of Ulan-Ude in Russia in one piece! We are excited not only by the challenge of driving over 15,000km for charity but also discovering new cultures, music, traditions and art.
Our two charities are The Macular Society and CoolEarth.
Why have we chosen these two charities?
The Macular Society was chosen as my grandmother suffered dreadfully from Macular Degeneration in the last years of her life. She always said that she would die of heart failure but was robbed of dignity and any quality of life by becoming blind [with only 10% peripheral vision]. She was fiercely independent and lived alone until the very end even though she had problems with the very mundane tasks we all carry out without thinking twice such as making a cup of tea, making sure the clothes she was wearing were not inside out or even opening a door. She could no longer read or watch television. Her dying wish was that research be carried out to help others. In collecting money for this charity we will be honouring her wishes. Exciting research is currently underway in stem cells and great strides have been made in technological advancements. We would like to do everything we can to further this research.
Macular Degeneration is the most common cause of blindness in the western world and will effect an ever increasing number of people the population ages.
We would appreciate any donations you can make to help this worthy cause.
CoolEarth is the official Mongol Rally charity and aims to stop deforestation by supporting communities living in the rainforests and putting an end to excessive deforestation. Those who are destroying our rainforests for short-term material benefit will ultimately bring about a poorer quality of life for every living thing on this planet.
CoolEarth helps local communities face up to these threats and helps protect our environment for future generations.
Please give generously.
All funds will be given to the charities immediately after the rally on a 50/50 basis unless you give us a special request and tell us how you would like the money to be distributed.
Don't hesitate to contact us for any questions or more information!
- MAX BOURN
- Jessica Hamilton
- Stephen Gosztony
- Nilima Patel
- Pierre & Monique Discaseaux
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