The Mongol Rally is an annual charity fundraising event that puts teams behind the wheel of a 1.2L car, on an unspecified route from London to Mongolia. The ACRF is proud (not to mention a little nervous) for two very brave teams to be competing in this incredible cross-country race, all in the name of charity.
Both teams herald from Tweed Heads in NSW: ‘The Mongol Rally Roos’ (Ben Lockeridge and Rhys O’Sullivan) and ‘The Khangaroos’ (David and Peter Baker).
Both teams have been campaigning for some time now, and have already secured a generous charity donation from the Tweed Heads Bowls Club, and sponsorshop from Melton & Associates (IT consultants) and the JMR Group (accountants and auditors).
The Mongol Rally Roos explain through their blog: “Teams choose their own route. There are no checkpoints. There is no support and no liability taken on behalf of the rally organizers. Essentially, teams run this race entirely at their own risk, all in the name of charity and adventure. Both of us are big fans of the work the ACRF do, so we have chosen them as our primary charity for the Mongol Rally.”
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