The Mongol Rally is a race in which you win just by finishing. Teams coax wholly inadequate vehicles from the UK to Ulan-Ude in Russia in order to raise money for charity. Our planned journey crosses more than 12,000 miles, 22 countries, several desserts, a multitude of mountains and three seas, continuously raising money and awareness for the Bone Cancer Research Trust.
Why are we doing it? Too many people know how it feels to lose a friend or loved one to bone cancer. Unfortunately, everyone at Teddy Hall (St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford) knows that feeling all too well. Matthew Greenwood was a third-year engineering student (age 21) at the Hall when he became ill. He was first diagnosed with osteonecrosis but it was later found to be a kind of bone cancer. In March of 2016 he rowed for the top boat at Teddy Hall, and later that summer he was given just 9 months to live. Clearly, bone cancer can strike anyone at any time and is difficult to diagnose.
What is the Bone Cancer Research Trust? The Bone Cancer Research Trust funds research targeting the development of new bone cancer treatments as well as the reduction of side effects of existing treatments. The BCRT helps GPs by providing resources for aiding diagnosis and raising awareness of the ways bone cancer can present. The BCRT provides information packs to people with bone cancer so they understand more about their condition.
Throughout the rally, we will fundraise for the BCRT and raise awareness of the great work that they do. We will do so through a variety of different platforms: we have set up a website and we plan to use Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to get as much focus on the fundraising as possible.
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