They made it !! .. pictures..

khan-touch-this-finishAll 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 …


Left to right. Barbar Reade (Rose Charities UK), Will Midgley, Lee Schwab, Henry Midgley

The journey…




Difficult moments…




NZ donated operating microscope taken to Cambodia by Mike Webber

mike-microscope-vra-dan-hitMike 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.

Mongolian Rally .. the first 3 weeks for Khan-Touch-This and its intrepid NZ team !



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

pic2Burst a tyre on the way (only five spares left) and then headed off to Istanbul where they finally got their visa for Iran.  They have a fridge but would like the Air Con.

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 pic3tunnel 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.

pic5Meanwhile they have gone (slightly) native and bought the male version of harem pants …in gold.

Driving to Mongolia for Rose Charities !

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!

Henry writres “We now have a car!! A mighty Suzuki Wagon R+!! The + stands for awesome…
Photo: We now have a car!! A mighty Suzuki Wagon R+!! The + stands for awesome...

Helping Hands, Helping Eyes – Rose Sight Center Cambodia..


To read this wonderful article by Lucy Mullinger (pdf) <click>