INTREPID RALLIERS LAUNCH FROM HORSE GUARD’S PARADE FOR EPIC 10,000 MILE CHARITY EXPEDITION

INTREPID RALLIERS LAUNCH FROM HORSE GUARD’S PARADE FOR EPIC 10,000 MILE CHARITY EXPEDITION

On 9 July 2011, over fifty ralliers will set off from Horse Guards Parade in central London to take part in two epic cross-continental charity fundraising drives, the Mongolia Charity Rally, from London to the ancient Mongol capital of Ulaanbaatar, and the Roof of the World Rally, from  London to the roof of the world, Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Go Help’s ralliers will be raising funds for Go Help’s Ambulance Project in Mongolia and Save the Children’s Sanitation in Schools Initiative in Tajikistan.

This year, Go Help has been working closely with the London Ambulance Service on the 1st Expeditionary Ambulance Squadron, with 11 London Ambulance Service staff undertaking the rally as part of a convoy of 6 decommissioned London ambulances.  

David Griffiths, a trustee of Go Help, noted that “Charity Rallies are an integral part of Go Help’s fundamental mission: funding sustainable health and education projects across Central Asia.  These rallies are the ultimate test of our ralliers’ commitment to charity – not only are the undertaking an incredible expedition, they are also providing much needed aid at a time when such aid is in short supply.”

To date, over £250,000 has been raised by the rallies for good causes in both countries

Notes for Editors

1. The Mongolia Charity Rally involves teams driving from Central London to Ulaanbaatar across. The length of the drive is approximately 10,000 miles, and takes around 30 days. Teams are required to raise a minimum of £1,000 to support Go Help projects in Mongolia.  This year, the Mongolia Charity Rally teams will be raising funds for the Go Help Ambulance Project, which that aims to provide fully functioning emergency ambulances to supplement those already provided by the health service in Mongolia.

2. The Roof of the World Rally involves teams driving from Central London to Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The length of the drive is approximately 6000 miles, takes around three to four weeks and includes the second highest road in the world, the stunning Pamir Highway .  Teams are required to raise a minimum of £1000 for charity.  This year, the Roof of the World teams will be raising funds for the Sanitation in Schools initiative run by our partner charity, Save the Children.  This will bring much needed water and sanitation improvements to 100 schools in rural areas of Tajikistan.

3. Go Help is a small UK charity that develops innovative fundraising events to fund sustainable health and education projects across Central Asia.  The Mongolia Charity Rally and the Roof of the World Rally are Go Help’s two major fundraising events.  Go Help has worked extensively with a number of partner charities, in particular Save the Children and Sworde-Teppa, as well as with government organisations in Mongolia and Tajikistan.

4. Go Help has raised over £250,000 to date for charitable causes in both countries.  Past projects in Mongolia include a new centre for street children and a Rehabilitation and Education Centre for Children with disabilities, and relief for nomadic families affected by the exceptionally severe winter of 2009-10.  Past projects in Tajikistan include support for Sworde-Teppa’s English Language and Education Centre in the city of Kurgan-Tube, Tajikistan.

For more information, please contact:

Sophie Willingale

07913901023

sophie@gohelp.org.uk

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