From 2011, Hovd Tour we decided to help fundraising for Christina Noble Children's Foundation and raised 4500 USD. I, Gankhuyag Seseer director of the company and have taken part in the Mongol Rally. We were first ever Mongolian team in the Mongol Rally's history. I had driven from London to Ulaanbaatar for the charity. Our team name is Mongolians2Mongolia. Please visit our team website www.mongolians2mongolia.com and enjoy the stories and adventures we encountered along the way.
This year, we keep helping for fundraising to Christina Noble Children's Foundation. For every holiday booked with Hovd Tour, we will donate 5% of the value to CNCF. But it is also in the little things we do as a responsible company that all contribute to making a difference.
What is the Mongol Rally?
The Mongol Rally is an adventure rally that begins in London, UK and ends in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. It’s primary purpose is to raise money for charities in Mongolia in a way that is fun, unique, and adventurous. Teams participating in the Rally have agreed to raise a minimum of £1000 for the official event charities.
The Rally has been called the “greatest adventure in the world” and is organized by the League of Adventurists International Limited, a private company registered in the UK. The principal launch is from London with other starting points in Spain and Italy. The Rally is designed as an adventure rather than a traditional rally race. There is no set route, and no support from the organizers along the way, No awards are given for the first place finisher; the overall goal is to just complete the 8-10,000 mile journey from the start to Ulaanbaatar. Most teams complete the journey in three to four weeks.
Vehicles used in the rally must have an engine displacement of less than 1,200cc and must be newer than 2001 (as per the Mongolian Government, for import reasons). Vehicles with larger displacements can be used in exchange for increased charity fundraising and exceptions to the rule are considered for vehicles of “notable unusualness or high comedic value”. Ambulances, fire engines, and other vehicles that are of high use to Mongolian charities are also considered. Upon reaching Mongolia, vehicles are either donated to charity or auctioned off and the proceeds are donated to the charities.
No support or accommodations are made for teams participating in the rally. Traveling in vehicles ill-equipped for 10,000 miles across mountains, desert, and frozen tundra will lead to a much richer experience along the way as we’ll need to rely on locals for help, directions, repairs and hospitality.
The inaugural rally took place in 2004. 6 teams started and 4 completed the journey. The 2006 Rally began on July 22 with 167 cars. 117 teams successfully completed the trip. In 2009, 359 teams started the Mongol Rally, and approximately 281 made it to Ulaanbaatar.
What happens to us between the start, the deserts, mountains, bandits and wilderness is anyone’s guess. If nothing goes wrong, then something definitely has gone wrong. We have no support and no guarantee of arrival at the finish line. Nor do we have guarantee of safety, but of course, that is what makes it an adventure.
The Charity: Cristina Noble Children’s Foundation
CNCF is an International Partnership of people dedicated to serving underprivileged children with the hope of helping each child maximize their life potential. Our programmes in Mongolia seek to protect children at risk of economic and sexual exploitation, while ensuring these and other children in need have access to basic care and educational opportunities.
CNCF have a variety of projects in Mongolia that change the lives of kids who have often been given a pretty rough hand in life.The programmes include: emergency and long-term medical care, nutritional rehabilitation, educational and vocational training and job placement. This is accomplished within the context of the family and the community whenever possible, and always with love and respect for the dignity of each child as an individual.
Child Sponsorship Programmes in Mongolia.
The CNCF Child Sponsorship Programme was first established in 1996 in Vietnam and a year later it was introduced in Mongolia to assist and encourage young, at risk street children to gain an education and continue in the mainstream schooling system. For just USD$31 per month provides a better quality of life for a child, by providing access to a decent education, emergency medical assistance and an improved quality of home life. These goals are achieved within the context of the child's family and community. CNCF strongly believes in the importance of helping people change their own lives. As such, the needs of each individual child and family are different and can be tailored for the child's needs. For example, a child who is working needs to be able to access a special alternative education programme with flexible hours, while older children need meaningful vocational training, health care, family life education and job placement assistance. By the end of 2008 the child sponsorship teams in Mongolia are working with over 1,500 children and their families, respectively.