Across the desert to raise money

Date published

11 Aug 2015

Three mates from northern Australia are currently competing in the Mongol Rally and have raised over $12,000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).

The Mongol Rally from London to Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia has three simple rules:

1. You can only take a farcically small vehicle

2. You're completely on your own

3. You've got to raise $1,000 for charity

Boys in the desert with their cars

Taking on the challenge under the team name 'Dropbears' are Sam Chisholm from Napperby Station near Alice Springs (NT), James Thomas from Legune Station on the WA/NT border and Patrick Kenny from Kununurra (WA).

When speaking to ABC Rural, the Dropbears were keen to get back on the road after a tough run through Kazakhstan.

"We got to Kazakhstan and were thinking the roads weren't going to be too bad," said Sam.

"But the roads over here have potholes, which if you drove into, I don't think you'd get out of.

"Within the first 10 minutes we hit a rock, which tore our exhaust off and then the shockies collapsed.

"We thought we were taking a short-cut, but it took 15 hours to go 500 kilometres.

"We had no clutch as we pulled into Almaty and found the only Peugeot dealer in Kazakstan to get some parts and get back on the road."

The three mates and their small car, nicknamed Black Betty, are hoping to arrive in Mongolia later this week.

You can follow the Dropbears' adventures via their facebook page and support their fundraising drive by clicking on this link.

"Having all grown up in remote parts of northern Australia, the Dropbears know first hand how vital the RFDS is to rural communities." they said.