Back In Seattle

23 Sep 2010, by Brian in Uncategorized

Our Mongol Rally ended just over two weeks ago as we pulled into Ulaan Baatar and donated our two tiny Fiat Puntos to The Adventurists For Development. It’s taken a while for all of us to get home, to get over our jet lag, and get back into the swing of things. But we are all back in Seattle, safe and sound now.

We are still going through the thousands of photos and hundreds of hours of video we took along the way, and at some point we’ll definitely have a welcome back wrap up party with slide shows and stories to tell you all, so keep your eyes open for that invitation.

In the meantime though, we have thrown together a quick little video to show you all where your generous donations are going. During the last week of our journey, we joined a Mercy Corps project coordinator on a tour of several sites which were recipients of Mongol Rally 2009 grants. It was amazing to see how just a few dollars can really change somebody’s life and provide an opportunity to start a business that will sustain itself for years to come, or achieve an education that would be impossible otherwise. This is what the rally was really all about for us! Thanks to Glenn Bell for providing the soundtrack.

With your contributions, we more than doubled our initial $5000 goal. We could not have done this without all of your amazing support, including the fund raising efforts of Ed Roberts, Real Networks and Microsoft Employee matching programs, and massive fundraising efforts by F5 Networks employees all over the world.

If you still wanted to make additional contributions, or if you have not had a chance to donate yet, don’t worry, you can still make a donation that will count towards the Mongol Rally 2010 total this week! Please go to http://firstgiving.com/baatarhero and make your final contribution now!

Thanks again to all of our amazing sponsors: F5 Networks, Honda & Toyota of Seattle, TerraPass, Red Star Travel, Sisalwood, Rescue Tape, SatellitePhoneStore.com, Keen Footwear and eKit.com for all your support!

Team Baatar Hero
Kim | Brian | Jean | Tom | Amy | Yasmin
http://rally.roamgreen.org
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