OW, Dominic Pereira, to take on the Mongol Rally in a banger car!

The Mongol Rally thunders 10,000 miles across the mountains, deserts and steppe of Europe and Asia each summer.

Two friends with a passion for philanthropy and adventure have decided to take on a car rally across mountains and deserts for charity. Old Whitgiftian, Dominic Pereira (2004-2012), and fellow Army Reservist, Charlie Simpson will drive 10,000 miles across Europe and Asia in the Mongol Rally. The duo will raise funds and awareness for Help for Heroes, The Brain Tumour Charity, and Cool Earth.

The Mongol Rally is designed to be a true adventure and is one of eight extreme travel charity challenges on offer by event organiser The Adventurists. The rules are simple for the challenge, with participants only permitted to use a car with a one litre engine or less. There is no backup, no support and no set route to follow, so those taking part will have to rely solely on themselves, their companions and a car wholly unsuitable for the task (a 2002 VW Polo in Dom and Charlie’s case).

Their chosen path, leaving on Sunday 16th July, takes them through 21 different countries starting at Goodwood Race Circuit and ending in Ulan-Ude in Russia. During the challenge, the route will feature a variety of tough terrains, environments and extreme weather conditions, most notably in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Mongolia.

Dom and Charlie’s fundraising page is – uk.virginmoneygiving.com/teamnowherefast. They can also be followed via their blog – teamnowherefast.wordpress.com or Facebook page – facebook.com/TeamNowhereFast. Their sponsorship page can be found at – teamnowherefast.wordpress.com/sponsorship.