take two thrill-seeking students and a gold Fiat Punto and what do you get? – the idea for a crazy, charity trip of a lifetime.
Jamie Gregory (22), of Eastgate, Kinghorn, and his fellow Abertay University colleague, Gary McCulloch (23), from Dundee, are about to set off on a mammoth 23,000 mile round trip to Mongolia to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care and the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation.
The international management students will join dozens of other competitors taking part in the Mongol Rally 2011, but as well as travelling there, team Genghis Gryllers also plans to motor all the way back again, a trip expected to take around two months.
The idea to take part in the rally came about last year when, after deciding to do something more adventurous with their holidays, they, along with another friend, Jason Harley from Burntisland, made a circular trip around Europe in a Volkswagen Polo, taking in 13 countries in just 16 days.
While stopping off for petrol in Germany they encountered a 1956 Bedford Green Goddess fire engine with the the rally logo emblazoned on its body.
“I had seen a programme, ‘Adrenaline Junkies’ and we decided that we wanted to be a part of that,” explained Jamie.
The duo are hoping to raise over £2500 in sponsorship and have already raised almost £1000 over the past weekend taking their vehicle around Fife supermarkets and inviting shoppers to guess how many balloons they managed to pack into the Punto.
They have also had support from Fife Auto Centre which, as well as giving their car a full service and repair, has donated a set of special tyres for the journey.
Jamie explained: “We wanted to do something for charity and Jason’s mum, who died of cancer, was given lots of help from Macmillan, so we decided to do it for them, as well as the Foundation.
“Jason is going to co-ordinate our fundraising from home and keep it updated.”
To donate or follow their progress, visit: www.genghisgryllers.com.