Twin brothers who are planning to travel over 10,000 miles to Mongolia for charity have finally bought the ambulance that will take them there.
Thanks to generous donations and sponsorship from local businesses Mohammed and Abdul El-Tobgy from Fulham have managed to buy a good quality ambulance to drive to Mongolia, which they will then donate to a community in need once they arrive.
The brothers, who will be known as Team Flying Carpet, are taking part in the Mongolia Charity Rally which begins on July 5. They are ex pupils of Melcombe Primary School and Henry Compton Secondary School and now both work at Fulham pools as lifeguards and swimming teachers.
Mohammed said: "We are so relieved to have finally found Amber. We started to think that we wouldn't find a suitable vehicle in our budget of £3,500 as it had to meet the strict criteria, so we had to get a really good quality ambulance pretty cheap. Now I really feel that we are actually doing this. And we are just so grateful to all the people who have donated and sponsored us so far enabling us to get Amber.
"We still have a way to go though and need to raise another £1000. We're paying for our own food and accommodation along the trip but we need help with fuel, insurance, tax etc. The plan is that when we actually get to Mongolia we'll donate the ambulance along with £1,000 to the local charities there who set-up health and educational projects for children in Mongolia."
Mohammed said poverty is rife in Mongolia and conditions mean that man, especially children, are victims of "harsh conditions". He added: "Every child in the world deserves the right to a good childhood and a chance to thrive in life."
The rally begins on July 5 and will take the boys and Amber on an epic 10,000 mile pan-continental road trip through 17 countries across numerous mountain ranges, deserts and more barren and inhospitable lands. The journey starts in London on July 5 with its final destination in the ancient Mongol capital of Ulaanbaatar.
Once in Ulaanbaatar Amber will be donated to Go Help, a UK registered charity that is committed to working with local communities in Central Asia to improve their access to education and healthcare services.
If you would like to donate please visit http://www.justgiving.com/teamflyingcarpet