Six friends from Galway are driving to Mongolia to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis Galway.
Terry Keenan, Adrian O'Malley, Patrick Curran, David O'Sullivan; John Kearney and George O'Donnell will travel to the central Asian country in July to take part in the 2014 Mongol Rally.
The men are travelling at their own expense and all the proceeds from the event will be used to support facilities and resources for children and adults with Cystic Fibrosis who are treated in both the CF Paediatric Unit and the CF Adult Unit Galway University Hospital.
The Mongol Rally is an annual unsupported endurance rally which is funded completely by the participants. The rally will cover over 10,000 kilometres, across one third of the world’s surface, in a car, which rules stipulate cannot have an engine displacement over one litre.
Terry, Adrian and Patrick explained at the launch that “the vehicles we have chosen as our ‘chariots’ are a pair of sporty one litre Nissan Micras, which should make for an interesting journey”.
“Starting off in the West of Ireland, our route will take us through Europe, Russia and Kazakhstan on our way to the finish line in the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar. This will see us travelling on some of the world’s worst roads through the roughest of terrain with a few tough border crossings thrown in for good measure. This is sure to test the durability of our cars, our patience and probably our friendships!” The men added that “Cystic Fibrosis Galway is a charity especially close to our hearts as they have supported and continue to support close family and friends that have been affected by the disease. We have decided all money raised by us participating in the Mongol Rally will go directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Galway Hospital Project. We are funding the costs of the rally completely ourselves including flights, cars, visas, insurance etc.”
Cystic Fibrosis Galway is a regional branch of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland. They are a dedicated group of volunteers. Administration and organisation of the charity is carried out from their own homes.
In 2009, over €300,000 of monies raised for Cystic Fibrosis Galway Hospital Project was utilised to provide single en-suite isolation rooms in St. Anthony’s Ward, University Hospital, Galway.