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Dorchester Mongol Rally Bio-Fuel Experiment

Friday, May 10th, 2013

You may remember back in January we brought you news of the Dorchester Mongol Rally Team and their fundraising efforts ahead of their attempt to drive from here to Central Asia in July.

Following the success of their Charity Ball at Athelhampton House, which raised over £3,500 pounds for The Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance and Spinal Research, the Mongol Rally team are now launching a ‘Bio-Fuel’ campaign.

The tongue-in-cheek campaign is based on the idea that bio-fuel is the creation of fuel from waste, and whilst far from distilling fuel from bio-chemical waste products, the team are looking to turn  unloved, unwanted and unused ‘rubbish’ into petrol money.

The aim is to generate enough money from the sale of donated items to fuel two Suzuki Altos from England to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, as part of the 2013 Mongol Rally. If you have any items that you wish to donate to the bio-fuel campaign, please contact the team on dorsetmongolrally@gmail.com to arrange a collection by Thursday 23rd May.

The rally is an unsupported event, in which teams are set the challenge of driving small, and highly unsuitable vehicles around 10,000 miles, via any route, to the Mongolian capitol. On arrival, which is not guaranteed, the vehicles are donated to rural families, providing vital access to markets, schools and medicine.

Along the way, the four Dorchester men are also fundraising for two charities, the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance and Spinal Research, after an accident left a friend with severe spinal cord injuries. The team have run a series of events, including a black tie ball, pub quiz and sporting events to raise funds, but are now turning their attention towards the rally running costs.

Panels on each of the vehicles are available for advertising, which will go towards the cost of visas, insurance and the flights home from Mongolia. With both vehicles already on the road locally and generating great interest, there is potential for some fantastic alternative advertising, especially to local businesses. Advertising opportunities can also be discussed on the contact details above.

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