Calne trio head off to Mongolia
7:00pm Saturday 17th August 2013 in Latest News
THREE former John Bentley School students from Calne are preparing themselves for a 10,000-mile road trip across mountains and deserts in a well-used car after signing up to the Mongol Rally.
During the annual Mongol Rally hundreds of motorists attempt to travel from West Sussex to Mongolia’s capital city Ulan-Bator for charity.
Brothers Sam and Ollie Prentice, of Minnow Close, aged 21 and 19, will begin the trek next July and will be joined by 20-year-old AJ Satpar, also from Calne.
The group, who have named themselves Team Displaced, are particularly concerned about deforestation and will fundraise for World Land Trust, a charity set up to protect endangered habitats across the world.
Sam is a third year music technology student at Glamorgan University, and said he has always wanted to travel after he finishes studying. He said: “I’ve never really been as far East as Turkey so it will be a culture shock, but that’s part of the experience. We want to see how people our age across the world are living.
“We haven’t got a car yet, but we’re looking into getting something like a Nissan Micra. Originally the rules said it was supposed to be 1.2-litre car. This year they said you can do it in any vehicle, but we still want to do it in a small car. I’ve driven a Classic Mini for the past four years now so I know a bit about putting a car together. A lot of the teams who have done it previously get people along the way to help.”
The event is organised by The Adventurists, a private company, and although they offer help to teams before the event, when participants set off they are very much on their own.
At the moment Sam is looking for sponsorship from local businesses and is following news of this year’s Mongol Rally, which is taking place at the moment.
He said: “There are some countries, especially Iran, which are on the route and are not considered the safest places in the world at the moment, but I think we will be all right.
“I am nervous. As we’ve gone on we’ve realised what we’ve taken on as we’ve heard stories from other teams, but I think it’s a challenge and at the end it will be the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.”
To donate towards the team’s chosen charity, the World Land Trust, visit www.sponsume.com /project/back-earth For more information on the team visit www.face book.com/MongolRallyDisplaced
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