All and every congratulation to Will and Henry Midgley (NZ) and Lee Schab (Vancouver, Canada) for the epic journey to Mongolia in their little 1000cc second-hand Suzuki car. 12 countries and thousands of kilometers many over the most difficult roads. The photos below give a pictorial account of the trip. The team made Rose Charities one of their two sponsored organizations. The whole Rose network is hugely grateful. To date almost 1000 pounds have been raised for Rose international projects. To donate (click)
The start …
Mike Webber (Rose NZ Trustee) delivers a wonderful NZ donated Topcon operating microscope to Dr Hang Vra (left) and the Rose Eye Clinic. Mike and Anne Webber brought up from NZ and assembled it on site. The donation will give considerable upgrade in the clinics remarkable services for Cambodian blind and/or in need of eye surgery. The scope was taken up to Cambodia by Mike and Anne Webber and assembled there by them on site by them.
The Rose Charities Cambodia Eye Clinic / Sight Center has treated over 100,000 patients in the last 10 years. It also runs an outreach program, taking eye screening, out to rural areas as well as promoting eye health.The clinic was founded in 1997. though had to be entirely re-equipped when it was looted by an expatriate orchestrated group of thieves in 2003.
First three weeks through Europe and Turkey to Georgia
After leaving the UK the participants re-grouped for another party in a castle near Prague and again on a beach in Romania. Our three then headed off to Suceava in Western Romania in order to go north around the Black Sea only to find they could not get a visa for Moldovia. Why? !
They then headed back down the Southern Route via a beach in Bulgaria
After a no doubt steamy long drive they reached the middle of Turkey investigated the fascinating underground city of Derinkuyu which wasdiscovered in 1963. It could accommodate 10,000 people, had about 20 underground levels, had its own wells and ventilation system as well as an 8km tunnel to another underground city.
And nearby rock churches and interesting geology
They then went to Georgia and visited a city ‘Batumi’ at the furthest end of the Black Sea before heading for Tbilisi- poor roads and they don’t have a map but they are now off to Armenia.
Will and Henry Midgley (NZ) are driving this car from Cambridge UK to Ulaan Baatar in the Mongolian Rally, all in the name of adventure and charity…if anyone is interested in sponsoring them, please see the Rose NZ site (or the UK donation site) site – they are raising money for Rose Charities through this amazing feat! www.rose-charities.org