As you may know, Ellie and I are taking part in this year's Plymouth-Dakar
Over xmas and new year, we'll be travelling from London, through France and
Spain, then across Morocco, the Sahara, and Mauritania to Senegal and the
Gambia, to help raise money for charity, both here and there.† Over 4,000
miles, over some very inhospitable terrain, with no real backup.
The rules of the event say you can spend a maximum of £100 on buying the
car, and £15 on preparing it. When (and if) you arrive, the car and all
equipment are sold off for local charities. We're taking a 1988 Saab 900i,
which we were donated - so we're £100 up to start with! Sven's not in bad
nick, and should make the trip - we hope.... <crosses fingers>
In addition, we're raising money for two local Multiple Sclerosis Therapy
Centres - Ellie's mother has suffered from this for 40 years, and is
wheelchair bound - she's lucky. Many become severely disabled very quickly,
and many don't survive. MS is one of the most common neurological
disabilities, and there's no cure for it.
These therapy centres run on a shoestring, to help people living with MS to
manage as best they can - whether that's just learning to cope with the
symptoms, or whether it's helping them to retain and regain the strength
and motor skills they can so easily lose. They're doing a fantastic job.
We've now got a PayPal link up on our team website -
www.coldsoba.com/desertvikings - so you can help us to raise money by
donating direct from your credit card. (For some reason, the link isn't on
the homepage, but it is on all the others.
Please - help us to raise as much as we can for these worthwhile charities!
Thank you.... (Oh, and watch the site while we're away to find out how
Team Desert Vikings
Plymouth-Dakar Challenge 2004