As well as having an epic adventure, we want to raise as much money as possible for these two charities:
Having suffered a bout of serious depression myself, this charity, and the work they do is close to my heart.
Matthew Elvidge was a bright, energetic and caring young man, who had everything to live for and yet, aged 23, he took his own life after a very short period of depression.He was due to start his first job in insurance on September 21st 2009, after graduating from Newcastle University and died just one day before. He was part of a large family and had a wide circle of friends from school, university, trips to China and Africa, as well as Yateley Hockey Club and Explore Learning, his last employer. Their affection for him was shown at his Thanksgiving Service on September 25th, when over 450 people gathered in St John’s Church, Hartley Wintney to remember Matt for what he was….a wonderful young man, who cared for others before himself and had so much to live for. Matthew was depressed for a short period and, as is so common, his family and friends were not fully aware of the depth of his depression and how to help.
The Matthew Elvidge Trust was setup shortly afterwards to help awareness of depression in young people to help others in a similar situation.
They do this by increasing the awareness of depression, equip and train people who are best placed to identify those at risk from depression, encourage and help young people, who are suffering from depression to seek professional help, and reduce the stigma of depression.
Find out more from The Matthew Elvidge Trust Website by clicking here: The Matthew Elvidge Trust
Cool Earth is the Mongol Rally official Charity.
They do what I call “Green Shit” – but as it turns out, it’s seriously important green shit!
Cool Earth is the charity that works alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction.
Local people stand to lose the most from deforestation but the most to gain from its protection. As such, they are the forest’s best possible custodians. That’s why all Cool Earth partnerships are community-owned and led – an approach that research is continually proving to be the most effective way to keep rainforest standing.
By developing local livelihoods, our mission is to end the cycle of deforestation entrenching villages into further poverty. Creating strong, self-determining communities – not dependency.
We are also the only charity that works solely where the threat to the forest is greatest, on the frontline of deforestation. And each of our partnerships forms a shield to make the neighbouring forest inaccessible to loggers – saving millions of acres of further forest.
Find out more from the Cool Earth Website by clicking here: Cool Earth