Allow us to introduce ourselves. We are a group of adventurers fundraising in
order to participate in a charity road race. We collectively call ourselves 'The
Blue Eyed Grizzly Clan. Our party is composed of Alex Gunter, Chris Erickson,
Wilson Slader, and Nick Lappen. The four of us are seniors at Champlain
College in Burlington,Vermont. We have been a family for four years, and
have opted to spend our summer battling the hands of time that would seek
to force us apart as we pursue our post gradutaion dreams and aspirations.
After all, what better way to prolong facing the after-college real world than
actually facing the real world?
We have invested a great deal of our time, effort, and money to
ensure our participation in the 2013 Mongol Rally. This consists of a
10,000+ mile charity road race from a wonderful little town known as London,
England to the plateaus of the Red Hero City, UlaanBaatar, Mongolia
begining July 13th . Our team, along with some 300 others, will be traveling
past countless landmarks, tourist attractions, lakes, seas, deserts, cities and
mountain ranges as each vehicle makes their own unique route. There is no
set path for the two continent/twentysome-country traverse. The trip offers a
rare glimpse of shifting cultures across vast spaces of geography. That's six
week's of food spiciness fluxuating and gas prices decreasing along with the
cost of vodka until both are cheaper than clean water. It also means we'll get
to meet a bunch of awesome people and smile politely when we don't
understand what they're saying. The best part is that we'll be able to share
our journey around the world by recording our trip with thousands of videos,
pictures, blog posts, and local and original artwork we find and create along
the way. Oh, and we should mention we have to drive the whole way in a 1.2
liter engine car. For those who don't know, thats basically a mini/smart car.
And yes, we are full grown men.
The Good Guys
In addition to donating our car to be used as an emergecy responce vehicle
upon arriving in Mongolia, we are also supporting two charities, Safe Passage
and Cool Earth.
Safe Passage is a charity jointly operated out of Yarmouth, Maine and
Guatemala City, Guatemala. The charity helps to support, educate, and
provide employment oppurtunities to many families living in and around the
dump. It does this by providing a safe learning enviroment for children,
providing food for families, and most importantly by connecting the people of
Guatemala to the people of Yarmouth, who have sent many volunteers to
Guatemala through Safe Passage, including our own Wilson Slader.You can
find out more about Safe passage on their website.
The second charity we are supporting is Cool Earth. Cool Earth is the official
charity of the Mongol Rally and is supported by every team taking part in the
race. They work to save the worlds rainforests by purchasing land and then
leaving it in a local trust which they support with education, employment, and
volunteers to protect the rainforest. To find out more about Cool Earth check
out their website.
We Want You and Your Money
This trip requires a massive amount of planning. We will be driving through
harsh enviroments and possibly fighting for survival so there will be many
things we will need for our trip. Anything from donations of food, equipment,
tools, lodging, frequent flier miles, and anything else you cant think of would
be greatly appreciated. The two easiest and fastest ways to help us though
are to donate directly to us here on our Indiegogo page (and potentially
snag youself a cool gift) and most importantly, to GET THE WORD OUT! Tell
everyone you know. Tell your parents. Tell your kids. Tell your church,
mosque, temple, synagoge, satanic cult meeting, or place of non-worship.
Tell your grandparents. Tell Andy and the boys from work, and even your
boss and those other guys in accounting. Tell your Aunts and Uncles (even
the ones you don't really like that much but they're family so you know...)Tell
yourself in the mirror. Tell your significant other during pillow talk, or better
yet whisper it in their ear while they're asleep. Tell your neighbors and your
bridge club and your yoga class. Tell your cousin whos been in a coma for 3
months. If it has a pulse we want you to tell it about what we're doing and
how they can potentially help. The more people we have on board supporting
us the closer we are to realzing our dream and helping some fellow human
beings in the process.
As a Donor
Your donation here on our indiegogo page will help us cover a few of the
initial fees and expenses involved in the Rally. We need to pay a deposit to
the company that runs the rally(The Adventurists) to ensure that the
emergency response teams in mongolia get something in the event our car
isn't useble upon arrival in Mongolia. Our team is also responsible for raising
500 GBP for each charity we support. Thats like 1600 USD total. Plus we need
to buy our car and pay to register it and ensure it in every country we drive
through. Plus we need visas to enter certain countries. We also need to pay
for airfare to london, gas for our car, water and food, tons of supplies, and
any unforseen expenses (like insurance for accidents, break downs,
carjackings and kidnappings, extortion, and emergency medical extraction.
all things which have happened during past rallies. You will be supporting us
in a potentially very dangerous endeavor.) So as you can see we have a lot
of expenses to worry about. as a Donor you will get one of our many sweet
perks located to the right, delivered in time for Christmas 2013. You will also
get the satisfaction of knowing you helped four kids make their wildest
dreams come true while also helping fellow human beings worldwide.