THE MONGOL RALLY 2017
4 adults squashed in a tiny 1.2L Fiat Panda
16, 000 km's
342+ hours of driving
4 tyre replacements
2 window screen chips
24 engine overheats
1 broken roof rack
1 lost suspension bolt
Countless nights without a shower
WE MADE IT!
A massive thank you to all our sponsors and well wishers. We couldn't have done it without you!
Thank you to all who donated to our two charities, Youth Off The Streets & Cool Earth, we managed to raise $2099.70 AUD!!
Thank you to all the generous people who donated toward our two charities. We managed to raise $1258.70 AUD for Youth Off The Streets and $841 AUD for Cool Earth!!
Cool Earth is a charity that works alongside indigenous villages putting local people back in control with the resources they need to keep their rainforest intact
Youth Off The Streets offers over 35 services for young people who are disadvantaged, homeless, drug dependent and or recovering from abuse
On Friday 5th May we hosted a Trivia Night at the Montefano Hall, Smithfield. Thank you to all who came! The night was for our chosen charities: Fr Chris Riley's Youth Off The Streets and Cool Earth. With the help of our wonderful sponsors and to everyone who donated, we've managed to reach a total of $1510.10!!!
A massive THANK YOU to all our generous raffle prize donors including:
Let's Go Surfing
Dooley's Catholic Club
iFly Indoor Skydiving
Liverpool Catholic Club
Captain Cook Cruises
Australian National Maritime Museum
Pancakes On The Rocks
St Johns Park Bowling Club
"We believe the world is far too safe and organised, that we’ve come to live in ever decreasing circles of freedom. Fear of litigation, greed and a spineless refusal to take responsibility for ourselves have robbed us of one of the most interesting things in life: the unexpected.” ~ The Adventurists
Team That's Not A Car! We are Patrick, Haylee, Natalie & James; four Sydney-siders and proud Aussies who have decided to take on a journey of epic proportions.
We will be attempting to drive from England to Mongolia, a journey of approximately 40 days. Our team name comes from the iconic quote 'that's not a knife' by one of Australia's greatest film heroes, Mick Dundee.
The Mongol Rally is about getting lost, using your long neglected wits, raising bucket-loads of cash for charity, and scraping into the finish line with your vehicle in tatters and a wild grin smeared across your grubby face. Neither your car, nor your life, will ever be the same again.
At the prime age of 27 years old, Haylee Tumanik considers herself to be quite the mechanic - a "grease monkey" you might say. Her knowledge of cars goes as far as locating the cup holders and adjusting the AC. Pop up cup holders are her favourite. Haylee has vowed to increase this knowledge before the rally takes off. Haylee is quietly obsessed with travelling and has travelled to 30 countries, immersing herself in different cultures and new experiences. Her first genuine PB&J sandwich was on a glacier in Alaska. Haylee can say a few sentences in Polish which will absolutely come in handy when the team doesn't visit Poland or go anywhere near it. Haylee is most looking forward to hitching a ride on a horse in the Mongolian desert, and giving endless cuddles to local kids along the way.
Haylee thought Patrick might be a useful partner with all his gadgets and smooth driving skills. Unfortunately, what she doesn’t know is that he has a habit of buying completely useless gadgets and destroying every car he’s ever owned. He’s even drifted his Nissan Silvia into a shopping mall, narrowly missing all the shoppers. Patrick also loves learning about other cultures and has picked up a few words in German, French, Japanese and Korean! These will be incredibly useful in all the countries that he won't be going to. And as a Korean born and raised in Australia, he is very well versed in the Australian language – which will be thoroughly confusing to people who think Australian’s speak English. As a photographer, Patrick is looking forward to capturing images of breathtaking landscapes, intriguing people from a diverse range of cultures and the story of a lifetime!
James Murphy was a late addition to the team. He had to deliberate whether sitting in a tiny car with Haylee and Patrick for forty days was worth the glory of completing The Mongol Rally. James is a guru on car mechanics, however, can’t speak any languages and so has been hard at work practising grand hand gestures with a loud, slow voice. James has road-tripped across the US so Europe and Asia should be a piece of cake. James is looking forward to visiting countries he can barely pronounce and seeing the vast deserts of Kazakhstan and Mongolia.
Our last and final crazy person is Natalie. She chose to do this trip on a whim and leave her casual job because who knows when a crazy adventure is thrown your way? Natalie doesn’t know how to drive manual nor does she even like driving on Sydney roads. She may not be able to help with the driving however she hopes to make up for it with direction and persuasion with the locals. She speaks a little Italian which will go such a long way in Kazakhstan. Natalie has been to 15 countries in Europe and also to our neighbour New Zealand. Her last adventure was moving to the UK on her own to experience what it’s like living in another country, and to really get a sense of independence. Natalie is looking forward to seeing countries and cultures she never thought she would have an opportunity to visit (and maybe eating some incredibly foreign foods she’s never heard of).
CAN YOU SPONSOR US?
Help us get to Mongolia! Advertise your organisation with a fancy vinyl of your choosing. We have plenty of space on our trusty little tincan car for your organisation to accompany us across 1/3 of the world. No doubt your organisation will be seen numerous times in hundreds of our videos and photos across all forms of social media. So secure your spots by sending us an email with your logo attached. We’ll get it printed to a good size and slap it on the tin can. Because we’re good people we’ll also put your logo on our website. Note: the logo needs to be a vector image (File names usually ending in AI or EPS).
Of course we are very keen to get to the finish line in Ulan-Ude, Russia (the middle of woop woop). To do this we need a lot of different things to keep us going (and to get us started again when we most likely cark it in the middle of the Kazakh desert). The more items we can cross off the list means the more we can focus our efforts on fundraising for our chosen charities. Partner up with us by donating an amount for one or more items or just by donating any amount you want. Head over to our fundraising site and add a comment with the item you're donating for or let us choose for you.
OUR ULTIMATE WISHLIST
We've consulted with experts from around the world and we've whittled down our wishlist to a survival list. Everything on this list is vital to the success of our mission - well almost everything. And for helping us out, we're going to help you out in return. Here's a list of rewards:
Level 1: Listed on our website and social media as a sponsor
Level 2: Listed on our website and social media as a sponsor + 1 x small logo on our car
Level 3: Listed on our website and social media as a sponsor + 2 x small logos on our car
Level 4: Listed on our website and social media as a sponsor + 2 x medium logos on our car
Level 5: Listed on our website and social media as a sponsor + 2 x large logos on our car
Level 6: Listed on our website and social media as a sponsor + 2 x large logos on our car + logo on our t-shirts
Ultimate: Listed on our website and social media as principal sponsor + Prominent logo placement on car as principal sponsor + logo on our t-shirts
Head over to our funding site to donate and grab your rewards!