Going The Extra Mile
How far would you go to help others? A group of seven students from the University of Southampton on England’s south coast are really going to extra mile to give something back! These intrepid students have set off on an amazingly epic journey all the way to the capital of Mongolia in a pair of ambulances.
This remarkable journey will see these young uni students drive through nineteen countries and travel some ten-thousand miles before they get to Ulaanbaatar sometime in late August.
The ambulances were bought by the students and will be given to a charity called ‘Go Help’ who will ensure these vehicles are put to good use. Along the way the students, five of whom are engineers, will modify and adapt the ambulances to survive the harsh road conditions in Ulaanbaatar. "Useful patient transport in Mongolia is in incredibly short supply, made worse by the country's poor road conditions." Says Alex Forward, one of the students.
Not only have the students purchased the ambulances, they’ve also filled them with emergency medical equipment and they have raised an additional £2000 (US $3098) to assist with the running costs of the vehicles, "So we don't just deliver the ambulances and they're useless, they should have a long life in Mongolia," Alex said.
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