Pair off on hair-raising adventure
9:50am Saturday 14th July 2012 in News
A former Gwaun Valley girl ‘nose’ she is going to be in for a hair-raising adventure when she sets off today (Saturday)for the Mongol Rally as one half of the team Taches Sans Frontieres (moustaches without borders).
Nicci Golland, and friend Ian Gemmell, will be driving 10,000 miles from Goodwood to Mongolia in a one-litre Suzuki Swift named Susie.
The six-week charity adventure will see them travel through five mountain ranges and three deserts.
The route will include the Pamir Highway, the second highest road in the world.
The bonnet of their car will bear an enormous tartan moustache and the pair will be carrying over 200 tartan moustaches to give out along the route.
“A tartan ‘tache never fails to raise a smile”, says Nicci.
The pair have already raised over £3,000 for the Lotus Children’s Centre in Ulaanbaatar, which cares for abused, orphaned or abandoned children and for War Child. The charity, which supports children whose lives have been affected by conflict, is close to Nicci’s heart.
“I teach English to teenage refugees and see first-hand the damage war can do to children,” she said.
Nicci and Ian have had great local support, with Brian and the team at Gwaun Garage getting Susie ready for her adventure and parts donated by Synco Motor Factors and John Morgan Autoparts.
Susie will be auctioned off in Mongolia to raise funds for the Lotus Children’s Centre. All their other equipment will also be donated to charity