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Mongol Rally: Racing to a finish line 10,000 miles away

Mongolia, July 19, 2011

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    Thatcher Cook for Mercy Corps  </span>
    Mongol Rally participants will be racing across Europe and Asia toward Mongolia's stunning vistas. Some teams are raising money to help Mercy Corps' programs in Mongolia, many of which help herding families in the vast Gobi Desert. Photo: Thatcher Cook for Mercy Corps

In just a few days, a mighty adventure begins. The starting line is in London, and the finish line in Mongolia — approximately six weeks away. To make their way, participating teams are crossing vast expanses of deserts, mountains and steppes in tiny cars built for local shopping errands.

The Adventurists' Mongol Rally is not for the faint of heart — in fact, visit the website and you'll see it described as "the world's best generator of chaos." Though some might be ready to sign the dotted line with just the above teaser, it should be known that 2011 Mongol Ralliers are doing more than driving an ill-suited car into the ground. These teams are also raising money for charity.

This year, Mercy Corps is fortunate to have been selected as the recipient of many Ralliers' fundraising efforts. We are using contributions to bolster our programs taking place in Mongolia right now, including economic development for rural businesses and veterinary services to traditional herders. Read more about our work in Mongolia here and here.

One such team, Team Nobody is taking on the journey in what they're calling the 10,000 Miles of Kindness Tour. Leon Logothetis, creator of the reality travel show "Amazing Adventures of a Nobody", will traverse two continents and 18 countries with teammate Steve Priovlos. Mercy Corps is proud to have Team Nobody's support. We'll be rooting for them every steppe of the way!

Learn more about Mongol Rally and more Mongol mayhem — the Mongol Derby.

Good luck to Mercy Corps fundraising teams! We are so thankful for the support.