Mongol Rally: Wonda-ful fundraising for Action Against Hunger
Star supporters Harry and Ed drove a Honda Jazz, Wonda the Honda, to Mongolia – turning an adventure of a lifetime into a fundraising success.
Nov 12 2019
This summer, Harry Cozens and Ed Miles decided to take on an adventure of a lifetime this summer. They drove a Honda Jazz, loving nicknamed Wonda the Honda, from the UK to Mongolia as a part of The Adventurists' Mongol Rally: a 10,000 mile drive across 14 countries. We caught up with Harry and Ed shortly after they returned to learn more about their experiences.
Why did you decide to support Action Against Hunger?
We chose Action Against Hunger after going through a long list of charities. We liked Action Against Hunger most because it has a global impact with far reaching benefits for some of the poorest and most vulnerable people on the planet, which aligned well to the fact that we would be undertaking a journey that crossed around a third of the world's circumference. Action Against Hunger wasn't a charity that either of us had heard of before starting our fundraising for the rally, so we also hoped that we might be able to raise the profile of the charity and the work they do through our updates during the rally.
How did you find the rally?
We were fortunate to have a host of very generous and giving friends and family who were our main supporters through our online fundraising page. We had a really short time frame from deciding to do the rally and get everything prepared, so our opportunities to host an event were limited. If we were to do it again, we would give ourselves a bit more time and probably have a go at organising our own event to boost awareness of our fundraising.
Were there any surprises?
It sounds a bit ridiculous but I suppose one of the most surprising things was the generosity. We were staggered by just how many people donated to us – even people we met while we were driving along! On a couple of occasions we met strangers, spoke to them about the rally and the next day, after we had parted ways, discovered that they had donated to us. It's very humbling when something like that happens.
What would you say to anyone thinking of fundraising for Action Against Hunger?
Shout about it! For impactful, effective fundraising you need to have a thick skin but don't give up. Emphasise the importance of the work you will do, and the work the charity does, to other people and you will be able to instill a bit of your passion in them. I think a lot of people get put off donating money because they think that their contribution isn't enough. It is up to us as fundraisers to highlight the impact every donation can have on improving the lives of people less fortunate than ourselves.
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