Pair get set for rally adventure

By Nigel Slater Friday 04 January 2013 Updated: 04/01 16:30

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Buy photos » Oliver Furlow and Antoine Cutayar examine the long route in preparation as they take part in the Mongolia Charity Rally this summer. (s)

AN EVESHAM man is set for a life-changing adventure this summer when he plans to deliver an emergency vehicle to one of the world's remotest countries.

Oliver Furlow will travel 10,000 miles across 17 countries with his friend Antoine Cutayar as they take part in the Mongolia Charity Rally to help raise funds for the Go Help charity.

The idea is to deliver an ambulance or fast response vehicle which can be used as part of Mongolia's ambulance service.

The pair, who will travel as team Alpha Badger, set off from London on July 6 and once across The Channel will travel through numerous countries in Europe before arriving at Mongolia's capital city Ulan Bator.

Oliver, 29, told the Observer the month-long daunting trip will be a difficult but rewarding experience.

"It was Antoine who was the driving force behind it as he said he was going and asked me if I wanted to go as well. It is just one of those adventures that is difficult to pass up on and it is all for a very good cause," he said.

"I've been travelling before but not done anything like this. There is no downside to it at all, it is going to be an awesome experience and ultimately its helping people.

"We can't wait to start. It is going to be daunting at times and there will be some difficult challenges along the way but we are really excited for it.

"Tiredness I'm sure will play its part but the biggest challenge will be communication issues because we will have to rely on local people at times. We could be in the middle of nowhere and we'll have to talk to people about where we are and how to get to places."

Oliver and Antoine are now busy preparing for the journey and are looking for donations so they can drive a fast-response vehicle out there.

"We are taking on extra jobs and our contingency is we will have enough money to buy a fast-response vehicle before setting off but anything we can get donated means that more money can go to charity," Oliver added.

"If anyone has a jeep or something that would be suitable to take out there if that is donated to us it means we don't have to buy it and that money can go straight to charity."

For more information about Oliver and Antoine's challenge or to make a donation visit their website http://alphabadger.com.

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