Surrey students take ultimate road trip from London to Ulaanbaatar

Monday 22 June 2009

A group of nine students from the University of Surrey are taking part in a once in a lifetime expedition half way round the world to Ulanbataar in Mongolia driving two ambulances and a converted minibus. Their route will start in Guildford on 4 July 2009 and continue through France, Holland, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Ukraine, Russia, and finally Mongolia.

The journey will be filled with challenges, from the variety of cultures and languages which will make daily communication difficult, to navigating road signs with completely different alphabets. The varying terrain such as desserts and river crossings will also push the vehicles to the limit and with no local AA, mechanical problems will have to be solved by the team at the side of the road. Combined with local foods, border guards and lack of showers it will be one challenging trip!

Taking part in this adventure are nine recent graduates from the University of Surrey including:

Christophe ‘Tof’ Mathers
James “Barney” Bragg
Mike Hall
Simon Arnott
Martin Perry
Kiran Lallbeeharry
Katie Whale
Freya Whitehead
Debbie Pellett

The University of Surrey is the first university to sponsor a group of their own students on such a trip. The money raised from sponsorship will be going to the charity Save the Children, and the vehicles being used for the journey are going to be donated to good local causes in Mongolia.

Additional fundraising has come from cake sales, selling lollipops in the Students’ Union, and even inventing a new drink which went on sale in Chancellors, the campus bar. The RAG (Raising and Giving) society has also been involved and has donated money raised from their beer festival.

For all who are taking part this will be an extremely exciting and rewarding journey. Not only will the team have the chance to help other people and charities across the world, but also experience new and exciting cultures, and develop as people as they overcome the many challenges they will face.

To find out more information about the rally and to follow the team’s progress, visit www.mongolia09.co.nr

Media Enquiries

Peter La, Press Office at the University of Surrey, Tel: +44 (0)1483 689191, or Email mediarelations@surrey.ac.uk

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