What are we doing?
In July 2017 we will be participating in the Mongol Rally, a two month long drive between London and Mongolia, spanning thousands of miles and taking us through a range of countries... in the most hopeless car we could find. We'll get lost, and there'll be break downs (not just the car), but we are determined, and hopefully that will carry us to the finish line.
Our reason for embarking on this foolish journey is to raise as much as we can for charity. First, Cool Earth, a charity that works alongside indigenous people to halt rainforest destruction. Rainforests are vital to our planets health, and their destruction plays a huge part in climate change. Cool Earth seeks to preserve and protect as much of the rainforests as possible, in partnership with the local people who live there.
In addition, we are raising money for Cystic Fibrosis Trust, a charity who aims to help people with cystic fibrosis by funding research and improving conditions for sufferers by supporting them and their families. Research is vital for exploring new treatments, and potentially improving people's lives. Cystic Fibrosis Trust provides funding into this research, and encourages more great minds into working in the field.
We chose Cystic Fibrosis as our main charity as it is a cause very close our hearts. Chris's 5 year old niece Kaiya suffers from it and we have seen first-hand the effects it can have on a family. Beyond the daily exercises she needs to do she also has a highly weakened immune system, often leaving her hospitalised.
Every few months she is admitted into Milton Keynes hospital for weeks at a time; this includes last Christmas and the last week. Although the on call staff have been responsive and warm, these precious childhood moments are lost to her.
All of this has had such an effect by reducing her life expectancy, something her brother and sister are aware of. It's quite shocking to be told by her sister they knew Kaiya wasn’t going to live much into her adult life and they were prepared for it.
The first £1000 we can raise will go straight to the charities; £500 to Cool Earth and £500 to Cystic Fibrosis Trust. After that, a third of everything will go to Cystic Fibrosis Trust, while the rest will be used for vital costs required for the expedition.
Who are we?
We are Nomad Skillz, three unwise adventurers, with no useful skill sets, sense, or relevant experience. What we do have is determination, a little bit of luck and a Nissan Micra.