Keeping insulin cool in the baking deserts of Central Asia will be part of the challenge for Mongolia Charity Rally entrant and Type 1 diabetic William Freedman.
The Avalon local is teaming up with friend William McKinnon for next month’s 16,000 kilometre journey from London to Ulaanbaatar in a VW Beetle they’ve dubbed the ‘DiaBeetle’.
Mr Freedman said the adventure would take in the Czech Republic, Romania, Turkey, the Caspian Sea, “all the ‘stans”, Russia and Mongolia.
“I’m really passionate about giving back to people with Type 1 diabetes like me, especially in developing countries,” he said.
“We’re going to stop at a children’s diabetes camp in Tajikistan — that’s the part I’m most looking forward to.”
As the duo travel through the desert, Mr Freedman said he’ll keep his insulin from being destroyed in the heat using a special water pack called a FRIO Insulin Cooling Case.
“The temperatures are going to be outrageous in the desert in our little car,” he said. “Summer in Mongolia can get around 45 degrees but it’s all part of the journey.”
Mr Freedman works with the International Diabetes Foundation Life For A Child program and together, the he and Mr McKinnon had already raised $22,000.
The Mongol Charity Rally allows entrants to choose their own route as long as they start in London and end in Ulaanbaatar, the car driven has to be no more than nine years old and all funds must go to charity.
The rally starts on July 5 in London.