Mission to Mongolia lays foundations for primary school in Guy's memory
This summer we featured an article about Lauren and Lucy’s fundraising mission to Mongolia.
Hitting the road in a Daihatsu Hijet van, found on eBay for £750, the pair completed the 10,000-mile road trip from London to Mongolia and raised an astonishing £8,500 along the way.
In memory of Guy
Their funds will support Guy’s Trust – a charity set up in memory of Lauren’s brother, Guy Joseph. Guy was only 25 years old when he was tragically killed in a paragliding accident in October 2011.
A few months after his death, Guy’s Trust was set up in his memory. The charity creates educational opportunities for young people in developing countries, particularly places with which Guy had a special connection.
Funds raised will go towards the construction of two Guy Joseph primary schools in the south west of Cambodia – a place where Guy spent several weeks travelling during the summer of 2011.
An extra £429 goes a long way
The pair’s mission in July raised a smashing £7,548. With Gift Aid collected on behalf of the charity, by MyDonate, this has been boosted to £8,585.
Because MyDonate doesn’t charge a penny in commission, the charity receives around an extra five per cent. For Guy’s Trust this has a big impact.
In Cambodia this goes a long way. An extra £429, saved by using MyDonate, can, for example, buy books or teaching materials for a Guy Joseph primary school, or part-fund an internship, which costs approximately £850.
Monitoring progress on the road
Lauren found it really easy to use MyDonate on the road. The best part of MyDonate? She says: “Being able to easily monitor how much we were raising and be able to read people's messages of support and encouragement.”