Over the years we have helped a great number of people to do great things and we are always impressed by the spirit of endeavour when young people take it upon themselves to do something, possibly a little reckless in the name of exploration and a good cause. Last week saw the beginning of 2012 Mongol Rally. This yearly event involves 879 adventurists taking on 10,000 miles of mountains, deserts and some of the most remote terrain on the planet.
Imagine you’re lost in a massive desert, hundreds of miles from civilisation, driving a car your granny would be embarrassed by. No set route, no back-up, motoring stupidity on a global scale and shedloads of cash raised for charity.
Three local Harrogate lads Mark Burns, Danny Pinkney and Leon Witter left Harrogate last week on this epic journey, all over 6ft tall in a 1.1ltr ten year old tiny Suzuki shopper car. It is all in aid of cancer research UK and a local Mongolian children’s charity; Lotus Children’s Foundation. The journey takes them through 11 countries and very challenging terrain, the adventure will be documented by video and photos on their Facebook page, for everyone to keep up to date with the rally. When they get to the finishing city, the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, the car is auctioned off and all the riches go to charity. They are aiming to get there in 32 days and lets hope that they make it back!
For more information about the rally. I think there are still places left for next years event!
Before they set off they called in to Rohan Harrogate to pick up a set of long sleeve expedition shirts. Three guys in a hot car for a month will really benefit from a bit of odour management, and with Total Sun Block they wont suffer from ‘Truckers Arm!’. I think that if they ever break down in a desert (which is surprisingly likely) they will benefit from the Medium brim Pilkington hats. In my humble experience, sunstroke rarely helps a stressful situation!
Good luck guys!
Saul – Rohan Harrogate
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