Haylee Tumanik, 27, of Canley Vale. and her intrepid team are off to the Mongol Rally this year. On July 16 she and Patrick Lee, James Murphy and Natalie Baldovin will drive 16,000 kilometres from London to Mongolia to raise money for Youth Off the Streets,. . . and to embrace unexpected adventure.
The team, That’s Not a Car!, will do the trip in about 40 days, driving through 16 countries including Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia.
The car must have an engine size of 1.2 litres or less, there must be no road backup or support, the team must choose their own travel route to the finish line and every team must raise money for charity.
“Basically, we’ll be faced with an incredible adventure filled with deserts, mountains, border crossings, non-existent roads, foreign language, and a serious lack of shower facilities. To put it simply we’l be breaking down a bunch of times and have to use a lot of grand hand gestures with a slow, loud voice!”
My teammates and I have been incredibly busy these last few months securing a car, many visas, equipment, road maps and donations for our chosen charity.
The Mongol Rally started in 2004, with only six teams – four of whom got through to the finish.
About 20 Australian teams are doing the rally this year. We’re barracking for our locals, of course!
- Details, donations: That’s Not a Car!, thatsnotacar.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.