Amboriginals Adventure Lifetime To Deliver Life-Saving Aid
Monday, 23 May 2011
A group of three friends will set off on the adventure of a lifetime this summer in aid of the EllenorLions Hospice.
The group will take part in the Mongol Rally 2011, a race that will see them travel nearly halfway around the globe in memory of team member Chris Gauci's grandmother who was cared for by the hospice through her fight with terminal cancer.
The team, which also includes Martin Lisle, 27, from Glasgow, and Chris Wells, 27, from Aberdeen, will take part under the team name 'The Amboriginals'.
They have bought and refurbished a 1994 GMC ambulance to complete the journey which will be stocked with medical supplies. They will drive it from Aberdeen to Goodwood in time for the start of the race on 23rd July.
The rally will take approximately five weeks and when they reach Mongolia they will donate the ambulance, fully stocked with medical supplies, to local people in one of the most remote parts of the world.
Chris Gacui, 29, said: "We managed to buy the ambulance on eBay and have been using our spare time to get it fixed up ready for the race and in good condition to donate to people in Ulaanbaatar when we get there.
"We're expecting the rally to be a huge challenge as, apart from the starting line, there's no set route and our journey could take us through parts of Germany, Russia, Turkey or even Denmark so we're busy planning our route and organising all the visas and things we'll need on the way.
"Whichever way we go we'll be travelling through some of the most remote parts of the world so we're also brushing up on our mechanical skills to make sure we can fix the ambulance if anything goes wrong!
"We're now just hoping to raise as much money through sponsorship as possible to help us to support the hospice, which provided such invaluable support to my grandmother, to enable it to continue the brilliant work that it does."
The team is hoping to raise around £4,000 in sponsorship, which will be split between EllenorLions Hospice and The Christina Noble Children's Fund, the rally's official charity.
They are also appealing to businesses to help with the costs associated with delivering the ambulance to its eventual home.