Since 2004, teams on the Mongol Rally have raised getting on for £2 million for charity – no mean feat. You can find out how the charities make excellent use of this money by clicking here. We are aiming to raise as much money as possible for a two very worth causes, Alzheimer's Research UK and The Lotus Children’s Centre, based in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
We are covering the costs of the journey (car, petrol etc.) ourselves, with all the donations received through this page going DIRECTLY to our chosen charities. You can donate via any of the "donate" links on this website, or by visiting: www.virginmoneygiving.com/endlesscircle
Alzheimer's Research UK
Alzheimers Research UK is the UK's leading dementia research charity. As research experts, they specialise in funding world-class, pioneering research at leading universities to find preventions, treatments and a cure for dementia. They believe science and innovation hold the key to defeating dementia and invest in the scientists learning more about the condition and its causes.
Their findings improve the lives of everyone affected by dementia now and in the future. They forge partnerships with Government and other key organisations to make dementia research a national priority. They encourage everyone to join them in supporting research and achieving a world free from dementia.
On a personal note, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia affect 820,000 people living in the UK today! With 163,000 new cases being diagnosed each year… All three of us have/had relatives suffering from this terrible disease, and with Alzheimer’s research being seriously underfunded (12 times less than Cancer research), we felt it was an apt cause to support.
For more information about Alzheimers Research UK, please visit their website: www.alzheimersresearchuk.org
The Lotus Children’s Centre
The Lotus Children’s Centre is a Mongolian non-profit, non-government organisation working with vulnerable children and families to provide the basic human rights of shelter, food and education.
Lotus has cared for up to 150 abused, orphaned and abandoned children at any one time and now currently look after 90 vulnerable children. Initially set up to provide basic needs for survival for just a handful of children in one apartment, the organisation has developed a kindergarten and a primary school to provide educational foundation, and is developing vocational pathways for employment opportunities.
Founded in 1993, by Didi Kalika, an Australian yoga teacher living in UB, who was moved by the plight of the children living on the streets. She started simply by giving food and basic medical care, and soon realized that serious change was nessessary to make real impact.
For more information about the Lotus Children’s Centre, please visit their website: www.lotuschild.org