10,000 miles...in an old ambulance!
Three deserts, five mountain ranges and a third of the way around the world - that's the challenge facing a group of adrenalin junkies from Ipswich this summer.
IPSWICH: Three deserts, five mountain ranges and a third of the way around the world - that's the challenge facing a group of adrenalin junkies from Ipswich this summer.
The five-strong team are preparing to throw aside all home comforts and battle inhospitable conditions and terrain in their bid to complete the 10,000 miles from the UK to Mongolia as part of the 2010 Mongul Rally.
With their trusty ex-ambulance to carry them from Goodwood race track to the Mongolian capital Ulaanbataar, the team are relishing the challenge, inspired to raise money for charity while living out their own adventure.
Setting off on July 24, Team Dino is made up of Henry Gilmour, 21, of Lower Ufford, 20-year-old Jack Paget of Brandeston, Pierre Ashfield, also 20, of Langham, George Liversidge, 20, of Ardleigh, and 21-year-old Will Parry, of Tuddenham St Martin.
Yesterday, Henry and Jack returned to their former school, Ipswich School, to tell pupils a little about their trip. Students at the school in Henley Road are today donating money to Team Dino courtesy of a non-uniform day.
Henry said: “Every summer loads of university students fly off all over the world travelling and end up lying on a beach for months. Although that does sound pretty good, we decided that it is a little bit routine and we wanted to try something a little different.
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“The Mongul Rally is about getting up and going. You spend as little as you want, get horrendously lost, then you break down with no idea how to fix it.”
Jack added: “I fancied a bit of a crazy adventure. We will probably never do this trip again so I want us to see everything we can.”
With very little guidance on which route to take, the team have planned their own way through Europe via the only checkpoint in the Czech Republic, down to Turkey, through northern Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and finally, around a month later, arriving armed with hundreds of tales to tell in the Mongolian capital.
Each team has to raise a minimum of �1,000 for one of the dedicated charities. Having chosen an ex-ambulance, Team Dino will donate it at the finishing line to the Mongolian government to use to help their people.
To donate visit www.justgiving.com/team dino.
Are you raising money for a worthy cause? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail email@example.com
CYPPD is a charity based in the Mongolian capital Ulaanbataar, established in 2002 to help children and young people in the country.
They help children who are homeless, being abused, at risk of being abused, children who are or are at risk of becoming victims of the sex trade, human trafficking and child labour.
They run education and refuge centres, providing shelter, support, basic literacy and numeracy skills as well as a holiday camp. The money raised by Team Dino will go directly to help fund the building of one of the centres. At the end of the rally the team are planning to spend some time at one of the centres to see where the money they have raised will go.