To the website for our 2017 Mongolia Charity Rally Team!
The capital city of Mongolia is home to over 1.4 million people, which is over half of the country’s entire population.
Claimed by Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson as the best road in the world, Transfagarasan winds through the Romanian Alps while passing Poenari Castle which was owned by Vlad the Impaler.
Dubrovnik dates back to the 7th century and is surrounded by more than two
kilometers of city walls.
Lauterbrunnen located in the Swiss Alps literally translates to many fountains. There are over 70 waterfalls in this valley alone.
Our team will be participating in the Mongolia Charity Rally, a 10,000 mile trek across Europe and Asia that promotes charitable giving while also providing participants the adventure of a lifetime. Five guys in one car, it’s sure to be an interesting ride!.
Mongolia Charity Rally supports Go Help! A UK based charity that focusses on providing health outreach and educational opportunities to underdeveloped areas in Central Asia and Central America. We will also be donating our car upon arrival, and it may even be used as an ambulance in Mongolia!
The rally will take us over from Brussels, Belgium to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Our route crosses 2 continents, 6 mountain ranges, 2 deserts, and 23 countries. We will encounter over 20 languages, and the whole trip will take over 5 weeks!
Go Help is a UK adventure charity that is committed to supporting the development of charitable adventuring, and works with local communities in Central Asia and Central America to improve their access to education and healthcare services. It is run by volunteers who endeavor to help local organizations in any way they can. Go Help runs and manages various projects in Mongolia, Tajikistan and Honduras. To fund these projects we run a series of events called Charity Rallies, enabling teams of volunteers to brave the wilderness of Central Asia and Central America on the fundraising rally of a lifetime.
To promote charitable adventuring.
To enable access to primary healthcare through provision, distribution, and maintenance of emergency vehicles.
To foster local talent through providing scholarships and employment opportunities to young people.
To support education projects which provide opportunities for literacy and self-improvement.
To facilitate the placement of skilled health and education volunteers with the aim of enhancing the capacity of local communities.
Go Help has two projects geared towards increasing literacy among children in Mongolia: The Book Ger/House and the Mobile Library. The Book Ger/House project provides books and a safe place to read them to Mongolian children in the poorer regions of Ulaanbaatar. The Mobile Library project is a library built into a bus that is driven all over rural Mongolia that provides children with access to books that would otherwise be impossible.
Through the Mongolia Charity Rally, Go Help has been able to donate ambulances to hospitals and clinics throughout Mongolia, especially in rural countryside regions where ambulances and healthcare are scarce. Since the charity was founded, 22 ambulances have been donated to Go Help, which were then donated to hospitals, clinics and NGOs, or retained for use in charity projects.
Go Help’s Scholarship Program is aimed at students in Ulaanbaatar from lower economic backgrounds struggling with the increasing tuition fees at universities. In exchange for volunteering, Go Help supports students in achieving a university degree. Through the program, 12 young Mongolian students have been able to get the degree they have worked towards. The students are from varying disciplines of study and all have basic conversational and written English.
In order to participate in the rally, we must raise $1200 for Go Help. This money will be go directly towards one of their great projects in Mongolia such as the Book Ger or Mobile Library. We will also be helping in another way. The main purpose of the rally is to deliver a vehicle to Mongolia which will be of use to the Mongolian people.
Due to Mongolia’s shortage on ambulances, we will be purchasing a service vehicle that may converted to an ambulance or used to deliver medical supplies to rural parts of the country.
"I am a jelly doughnut" - John F. Kennedy
Mitch is a fourth year aerospace engineer from Lawrenceville, Ga. He is in charge of the itinerary of the trip and attracting sponsors to donate to the charity as well as providing the large amounts of grumpiness that every long car ride needs.
"If a man does not have the sauce, then he is lost. But the same man can also be lost in the sauce." - Gucci Mane
Murphy is a second year computer scientist from Leesburg, GA. Since he has absolutely zero experience working on cars, he has been assigned the role of master mechanic. Due to his swollen nature, Murphy is also the teams car jack and tow truck should the car ever run into trouble.
"I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them (Hotop) than to travel with them." – Mark Twain
Rohan is a fourth year Industrial & Systems Engineer from Suwanee, GA. While he may know nothing about fixing cars, we believe his black belt in karate will lend a helping hand in keeping the team safe this summer. Aside from being our security detail, he is in charge of our fundraising and sponsorship efforts.
"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be." -Douglas Adams
Tony is a fourth year Mechanical Engineering major from Chattanooga, TN. As a lover of the outdoors, he will be researching the route for interesting places the team can explore along the way. Tony is also in charge of keeping the peace among the the team and making sure we aren't at each other's throats throughout the trip.
“A second is a long time."
Gunner is a second year Mechanical Engineering major from Manhattan Beach, Ca. Gunner is the resident hype man and wildcard, in charge of keeping the group enthusiastic and lacking in focus. He has traveled to 15 countries and will use that knowledge to assess what gear will be necessary during the rally and keep it in working order.