The Mongol Rally has always been about bringing awareness and raising money for varying charities, and this year is no different. To put it into perspective, rally teams as of 2011 had raised over £16 million for charity; a figure that is exponentially rising year on year as more and more teams enter into the event.
The rally rules explicitly stipulate that each team must raise a minimum of £1000.00 for charity, £500.00 of which must go to 'Cool Earth' - the offical rally charity. However, in competitive team fashion, we hope to smash the thousand pound threshold in favour of a more hearty sum totalling £3000.00.
We are very passionate about the charities we have chosen to fundraise for, and our choices very much reflect personal experiences and beliefs. Donations of any magnitude will be gratefully received by Team Dusty Martini and the charities respectively.
The Campaign Against Living Miserably is dedicated to preventing male suicide - the UK's largest cause of death in men under 45 - and providing support to those bereaved by it. CALM offers support to men through their web chat service, phone line, website and magazine, and in doing so prevent over 250 suicides each year. Campaigning for all men as opposed to just 'service users', CALM actively challenges the culture that continues to prevent men seeking help when they need it. £1,200 could run their helpline for an entire evening, allowing them to take nearly 200 calls a night.
A stroke occurs when blood supply to part of the brain is cut off, and the Stroke Association is the UK's leading charity targeting its research, prevention and relief. Despite being the fourth largest single cause of death, there are 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK, where 1 stroke occurs every 5 minutes. Strokes kill twice as many women as breast cancer and twice as many men as prostate cancer and testicular cancer combined, yet for every stroke patient, just £22 is spent on medical research each year, compared to £275 for every cancer patient. Stroke Association helps to combat and to raise awareness of this, spending £3 million on vital research each year and running 400 post-stroke communities. £1,200 would allow the Stroke Association to provide information to circa. 200 families affected by stroke.
Cool Earth is the official charity partner of the Mongol Rally. Cool Earth is a non-profit organisation that works alongside rainforest communities most notably to halt deforestation, which has destroyed half of the world's rainforests in the last 40 years. Such prevention is achieved primarily by working alongside indigenous villages to help put local people back in control, with the resources they need, to keep their rainforest intact. Working in Northern and Central Peru, DR Congo and Papua New Guinea, Cool Earth has helped save over 900,000 acres of rainforest.