August 2, 2011: Mountain ranges, deserts, the Caspian Sea, and 17 different countries: Right now, three friends from New York are driving a tiny blue Fiat hatchback across such rugged terrain and unfamiliar places to raise money for SOS Children’s Villages as part of the Mongol Rally 2011. Peter Berg, Jeff Andrews, and Chris Burt -- The Rubber Duckies -- make up one of a few American teams to volunteer in this year’s Mongol Rally, a philanthropy-minded car rally that asks 200 teams of drivers from around the world to trek over 10,000 miles from London, England, to Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia, this summer in support of organizations like SOS Children’s Villages and the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation.
The Rubber Duckies -- Jeff Andrews, Chris Burt, and Peter Berg -- are driving from England to Mongolia in support of SOS Children's Villages
Today, The Rubber Duckies made a pit stop nearly half-way into their journey to visit the SOS Children’s Village in Tblisi, Georgia. “What an amazing visit we had to the SOS Village in Tbilisi!” The Rubber Duckies tweeted and posted on their Facebook page. “[We] spent the afternoon playing games and talking with the children, and each child there now has their own rubber ducky."
Children and staff from the SOS Village in Tblisi, Georgia, pose for a picture with toy rubber ducky gifts given to them by the Rubber Duckies team of the 2011 Mongol Rally.
The League of Adventurists, the UK-based company who has organized the yearly Mongol Rally since 2001, states on its website, “We figure since we are rather fond of adventuring in the world we should do our bit to look after it.” In line with that mission, each Mongol Rally team is required to raise at least £500 ($814 USD) to partake in the event. The Rubber Duckies have done that and more. To date, the team has raised $7,855 in donations from friends, family and fans. Additionally, if they can make their way to Mongolia, the battered Rubber Ducky car will be auctioned off to support the Mongolia government.
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SOS Children’s Villages cares for vulnerable children in 133 countries around the world, including nearly every country on The Rubber Duckies’ amazing 17-country route from England to Mongolia. The funds The Rubber Duckies have raised will help SOS provide loving homes, quality schools, medical care and hope for the future to children throughout these countries and more.
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