6,000km (and probably more)
Three 20 year-old cars
From May 5th to 28th, Team Tried & Rusted will embark on a great, daunting, long, uncomfortable, weird and wonderful adventure: The Europe-Orient-Rally 2018 (formerly Allgäu-Orient-Rally).
The charity rally, now in its 13th year and organised by a bunch of comfortingly insane guys from Bavaria, serves three equally important purposes: Charity, cross-cultural communication and fun.
The idea is simple: Teams of six people drive three 20 year old cars from Germany to Jordan. Along the route, teams must complete tasks for good causes and in the end, the registration fee as well as any money made from selling the rally cars (or their remaining parts) goes to a charity.
That all sounds dreamy, but to get there, we’ll first have to get there in our collection of rattletraps and old bangers - each worth no more than €1,111 - which, by the way, we also have to sleep in, on or next to! Add to that our "limited" mechanical skills, a ban on toll roads and motorways, and a requirement to navigate purely by map and compass… it's not uncommon that teams lose vehicles or get royally lost, racking up an additional 2,000km. All part of the fun!
What's it for?
Previous years’ results included providing hearing aids for over 1,000 children with hearing disabilities in Jordan (including super-expensive cochlear implants for 30 children!), the installation of a water lab at a rural university in Jordan to teach students about water purification, and the creation of 15 scholarships for children from poor (Bedouin) families in rural areas to attend high school.
Examples of non-financial support the rally has been able to provide to locations en route include the deliveries of 120 wheelchairs to Jordan, many kilos of hops, malt and barley to Israel to form the basis of a micro-brewery, or dozens of soccer balls to an orphanage.
Why are we trying to raise money?
It will be a great and unique adventure, but it won't be cheap. In the worst case, we’ll be looking at €3,000* each, if we don’t find any support from our friends & families and no sponsorship.
What we’d like to achieve with this fundraising page is to gather some financial support to help cover the purely charity-focused costs of the rally, i.e.
- the team registration fee of €1,333 that will be donated to this year's cause
- the costs of the cars (we'll hand them over to the organisers in Jordan, who will sell them and add the proceeds to the charity pot, so 3x €1,111 = €3,333
- and maybe, as a stretch goal, half of the ferry package, which would be €2,400 for the team (6 people * €800 * 50%)
These costs add up to €7,066, or £6,235. Since we’re also running a German funding page, we’ve split the fundraising target over the two sites, so our target here is £3,100 - but any part of that helps.
If you think this is a cool project and you'd like to help, we'll be very grateful for your support!
We'll update the page as we progress with planning and preparation.
Greetings from London, Zürich, Flörsheim and Iserlohn,
Lilly (Ellen), Fred, Dennis, Daniel, Hendrik and Katrin
If you'd like to learn more about the rally, here are some links:
Official website: https://www.europa-orient-rallye.de/en/
Official Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/402080559874308/
Youtube video from previous year from a team who was lucky enough to be backed by BMW: www.youtu.be/xR1JhByoexM
All pics used on this page are from previous years!
*Unfortunately, due to the situation in Syria, the rally has in recent years been forced to literally circumnavigate that area and put all cars on a very expensive charter ferry from Mersin in southern Turkey to Haifa, while the participants take a charter plane to Tel Aviv and pick up the cars 2 days later. This is a good solution, but also increases the fixed costs per person by €800.