TWO intrepid brothers from Halam are teaming up for a daring 10,000 mile charity road rally to Mongolia - driving an old hospital ambulance they bought off eBay.
Twenty-two-year-old Angus Perks and younger brother Henry (19) will traverse roughly one third of the world across the roads of Europe and beyond as part of The Mongol Rally 2011 in July.
The pair will be driving through mainland Europe and then Turkey, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and finally Ulaanbaatar - the capital of Mongolia - in a Ford Transit 190 Ambulance which upon arrival will be donated for use to the local hospitals.
Along with four friends from Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, they will be raising cash for injured service personel charity, Help For Heroes, and Christina Nobles Childen’s Foundation, a cause local to Mongolia which takes in orphaned children and gives them a roof and education.
Angus said that he and Henry are looking forward to the six-week road trip which he says was inspired by the desire to raise money for such vital causes.
“We’re really looking forward to the trip, we’re enjoying the preparation and we’re busy getting sponsorship and medical kit so we can donate it to hospitals in Mongolia,” said Angus.
“We thought it would be interesting to go to a place which we would, otherwise, never go to - most rally teams will be driving sub-one litre cars but we’re doing things differently.
“And with Mongolia being such a vast country and having such a dispersed population the provision of medical care to all these people can prove extremely hard for Mongolia’s limited and thus stretched health care system.
“We aim to provide an ambulance that can be used as a mobile clinic, it will therefore be fully equipped with up-to-date medical equipment.
“We often take for granted how easy it is to receive medical care here in the UK even for the mildest of injuries.
“This simply is not possible in Mongolia, so the donation of a fully equipped ambulance should be extremely helpful.”
Having kitted out the ambulance with medical, camping and survival gear, the team will depart from England on 23rd July with options for the long journey home a possible trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway.
For information visit www.stormingtomongolia.co.uk