Philadelphia, PA, June 02, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- A Pennsylvania man is preparing to drive from London, England to Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia to raise money for Mongolia’s homeless children.
Nick Harvey, 29, of Berwyn, PA and his co-driver Maria Novatschkova, 31, will embark on their 10,000-mile adventure on July 24.
The pair, dubbed Team Wanderlust, will drive through 18 countries, 5 mountain ranges, 3 deserts, and the Pamir Highway – the second highest road in the world, all in an 847cc, 72hp Malaysian car called a Perodua Nippa.
They will join 350 teams from around the world in the 2010 Mongol Rally to raise money for the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation. The funds raised will support the running of the Blue Skies Ger Village, which houses abandoned or homeless children and provides them with a safe place to live, an education, and the support of a family.
Ms Novatschkova, a project manager from London, England, said: “We are aiming to raise over $4,000 for the charity, and so far we have raised $1,800.
“It is really motivating to see how many people want to help children in need; it makes the five weeks that we have ahead, living out of our car, seem really worthwhile. I am thrilled at the support that people have shown us.”
Mr Harvey, a recently graduated MBA, added: “We signed up for the Mongol Rally for the adventure, but after we became involved in the fundraising and preparations, helping those less fortunate than ourselves really became our main driver.
“Along with the fundraising for the CNCF, we are also trying to raise corporate sponsorship to help cover the costs of the trip. The car and most of our equipment will be donated at the end of the rally to the Adventures for Development, Mongolia charity. The AFDM either sells the car and then distributes the proceeds to local charities, or donates the car directly to a local charity in need of a vehicle.”
“I’m looking forward to one day being able to tell my kids that I drove a car from London to Mongolia. They’ll think their Dad is nuts!”
Nick and Maria are currently busy arranging visas, medical injections, and finding sponsorship either in money or equipment form.
If you would like to sponsor Team Wanderlust or know more about their adventure, visit www.teamwanderlust2010.com.