Three explorers are set for the challenge of a lifetime when they take on an 8,000-mile trip across tough terrain and scorching temperatures – in a 10-year-old Vauxhall Corsa.
Kevin Robson, 34, and friends David Pye, 31, and Brian Clarke, 36, are getting ready to take-on the mountainous roads and sandy deserts of Europe and Asia in this year’s Mongol Rally.
And the trio, who managed to raise funds and source a 10-year-old Vauxhall Corsa for the trip, have been pulling out all the stops for 11 months to prepare themselves for the 8,000-mile drive from Dover to Mongolia, which they’re hoping to complete in 27 days.
Calling themselves Team CPR Quaterhorse, the lads, who are now in the finishing stages of preparations before they set off next week, will be raising money for Cool Earth, Blue Marine Foundation and ADFM , a charity raising funds for an e-library in Mongolia.
Kevin, who lives with his wife in Haydon Bridge, Northumberland, said: “We’d heard about the Mongol Rally for a long time, now. We’d talk about if quite often, like when we were sitting around campfires. Finally, last year, a friend of mine sent my a link on Facebook for it and I thought “Look, if we’re going to do it, it’s now or never, really, lets just get booked-up.”
Kevin and workmate and friend David, from Oakwood, near Hexham, enlisted the help of Brian, a friend of Kevin’s from his backpacking days in Australia, to complete their team.
But they decided that, rather than just ask people to sponsor them, they were going to hold events to raise the money needed for the trip.
Kevin said: “We thought it was a bit boring just getting people to sponsor us doing a sky dive or something, so we decided to put on some events and give something back.
“So far, we’ve done a pub quiz at the Diamond Inn, in Ponteland, which about 100 people came to. The most recent fundraiser was a Bank Holiday Around the World BBQ event which included activities such as Chinese whispers, tin can shooting and sack races.” The first stop for the team, who have managed to get many sponsors onboard, including Reaction, Multilab and Permatt, will the Czech Republic, before heading through Romania, on to Pakistan and, finally, Mongolia.
Once in Mongolia, their car will be auctioned off and all profits will go to ADFM for the children’s e-library.
The team will be holding one last charity fundraising event tonight called the “‘Allo ‘Allo-Themed treasure Hunt” at the Anchor Hotel, in Haydon Bridge, where participants must find a “priceless” painting, which has gone missing.
The Anchor Hotel will become, ‘La Petite France’ for the day and serve a French-style buffet and everyone is encouraged to dress-up as characters from the famous sitcom in a bid to win the ‘Best Fancy Dress’ prize. For more information or to buy tickets please contact Th e Anchor Hotel on 01434 688121. To sponsor the team, visit www.justgiving.com/teams/CPRQuarterhorse