The Charity Aspect
Our journeys are not only for the purpose of extreme adventure, we also give back by raising cash for awesome charities and their most excellent projects.
During the Mongol Rally we supported two charities, one doing work in Mongolia and the other a little closer to home. In total, we raised just over £1125.
Please visit these very worthy charity by clicking on their logos.
Herd animals provide Mongolian nomads with their sole means of a basic livelihood. Some millions of these herd animals can be lost through starvation or to exposure. Among those losses are hundreds of thousands of horses - a vital resource without which herders are unable to manage their sheep, goats and cattle. In parts of the country essential grazing lands are affected by drought.
A small charity with a long reach, CAMDA is working to improve the water supply in provinces close to the desert region, and helps herders to improve their grass-cutting productivity for winter food for their herds. They also provide mobile vet units to immunise many thousands of horses in two northern and one southern province, with twice-yearly treatments that will help protect herders horses against disease.
ESSEX AIR AMBULANCE
The Essex Air Ambulance is an emergency helicopter used to convey people into the nearest hospital within 8 minutes. Each emergency flight costs in excess of £2,000 but the charity receives no National Lottery funding. To date the aircraft has flown more than 9,000 missions. It can reach anywhere in Essex within 18 minutes, during daylight hours, carrying full life support equipment.
A DIFFERENT TYPE OF CHARITY WORK
Since we have been home, we have been emailed by the organisers of the Rally with a story that has, without doubt, really made us feel like we have given something to Mongolia rather than dress up a whole lot of fun behind a charity veil.
At the finish line bar was a small Mongolian boy who appeared to be homeless (his real name is Batbold although he was nicknamed Franco). We stayed in UB for a week while we prepared the car for her return journey and every day this small boy would be hanging around as he slept rough in the vicinity of the bar. Over the week he became quite friendly and ended up on a couple of occasions, lying underneath the car with me handing me tools and holding bolts.
As the time wore on and the ralliers grew thin on the ground he was looking pretty dejected. Eventually the bar owner contacted CNCF and they went and picked him up. It seems he does have a family but they abandoned and possibly abused him. CNCF have been fantastic and have found a space in their Ger Village. This means, he will be looked after, fed, given a bed and a "Ger Mother" until he is 18. He will receive medical care and a great education. Basically the little fella is sorted for life!
CNCF will contact his parents with social workers and access the situation. If it is deemed safe, there was no abuse and the family want him back he will be helped back into his family, which is the best place for him. If this happens he will be monitored and supported by CNCF to ensure he is safe and happy. If not he will be looked after in the village until he has grown up, safe and cared for. It would appear that it was the Rally that brought him to attention and got him into the village.