Village Idiot #1 checking in! LOL
Wow. Thanks for the plug guys!... especially with both of us being so MIA this year. We'll gladly sport a WP logo as we plow through Iran and a bunch of Soviet satellite countries
Yup, it's true, this is actually happening. About 400 teams, 16,000km in a roughly a month, using a 1.2L car that's 10 years old or less, from the south of England to the capital of Mongolia, across 18 countries, 5 mountain ranges and 3 deserts. GPS is not allowed, there's no pre-planned route to follow, no rescue units, and because there's no prize for finishing first for last, you help your fellow rally teams along the way because chances are that you'll need their help sometime in return.
To add to Matt's comments, all money being raised is going to charity
Leading up to the launch we have to raise a minimum £1000(GBP) with half going to the rally's official charity, the Christina Nobel Childrens Foundation
, an organization that helps disadvantaged Mongolian children get off the street, get fed, get an education and more. The other half will be going to our chosen charity, the Alberta Cancer Foundation
. With my dad and grandpa, and Jeff's wife Cyndi being cancer survivors, as well as Parslow's grandma having passed away a few years ago, this really was a no-brainer. In the 5 years the Mongol Rally's been happening, over £1.5million has been raised and donated!
As a token of our appreciation for those who donate $30 or more, you'll receive a copy of the movie I plan to put together after coming home. The plan is to buy a new video camera (not with donations of course) and we'll be filming and photographing pretty much everything as we go.
As Matt says, we are doing a bottle drive and we'll gladly come get 'em if you're in the Edmonton area (my number's changed recently: 780-667-8348), but cash always works too! Check out the Charities page on our site
if you're game for that.
I know this has been long, but we're pretty excited and there's so much to it. If you have questions, fire away. For our full route, places of interest, some cool videos from past teams, updates while we're on the road and more, see our site.