Peterhead rallies round Cash for Kids Mongolian adventure drive

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Two former Peterhead Academy pupils are readying themselves for the journey of a lifetime - a 9,000 rally to the Mongolian capital, Ulan Bator

During the month-long charity adventure, Ian Hardie and John Morgan are set to visit 17 different countries and hope to raise thousands of pounds for Cash for Kids.

The pair have set themselves a minimum fundraising target of £5,000 before they bid farewell to Peterhead on Friday, July 18.

They expect to make it to the Mongolian capital within four weeks, taking in France, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Russia along the way before hitting more than 1,000 of Mongolian roads.

Ian, who has previously trekked to Everest Base Camp, said: “We’re doing the rally for Cash for Kids.

“It’s a local charity and the reason we picked it is because it’s local and we can see where the money’s going.

“We also knew that because it’s a local cause people would hopefully dig deep to support us.”

John, an experienced traveller who has spent time in Peru, Kenya and Egypt, said: “We’re still looking for sponsors and invite any company to contribute and we’ll put their branding on the car.

“The real challenge is the car itself, potentially becoming irreparable and then becoming stuck someone we simply can’t get out of.”

They are already onto their second car after the first - also an aging one-litre Toyota Yaris - fell to a ‘mechanical fault’.

MAC Tyres in Peterhead helped get the new car fit for the journey.

Both Ian and John added that spending a month alone with each other also presented a challenge.

Ian said: “Oh, we’ll definitely end up fighting over something.”

Each year Cash for Kids looks to raise over £400,000 to make grants to individuals, families, children’s groups and projects throughout the North East.

All the money is raised and spent locally on disabled and disadvantaged young people.