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Albert goes to Mongolia -Children's charities

Albert Minor, Matt Givertz, Sarah Givertz

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This was a challenge on many levels;

Firstly, driving a 47 year old car (Albert) 20,620 miles in 4 months which involved long driving days and is mentally draining as well as very tiring.  Sarah and Matt shared the driving with deserts and rough roads testing all three of us!

Secondly, to try and keep costs down we are intending to camp as much as possible.  Roughing it is always a challenge but one I'm sure will rise to

Finally and probably the most challenging aspect of this whole adventure is that Sarah and Matt have been divorced for over 25 years and in that time have raised two lovely daughters but haven't spent more than three days together (and certainly not alone!) and now this trip is going to need them to spend 4 months together pretty much 24 hours a day.  Want to know what happened? read our blog at or have a look at our group on Facebook at

The charities being supported have been broken down into three groups;

Children's charitiesCancer charities and Other charities

Whatever your reason for supporting us, be it impressed with our driving such a distance in an old car while roughing it or simply because you think we are mad, please donate and help us help them help the people who need it


Matt, Sarah and Albert 

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24.10.15 Well done Albert! Hope you get a rest before the next adventure :-)


23.10.15 Well done!

22.10.15 Very Impressed - epic!

22.09.15 What s fantastic job in your traveller! Have safe travels home.

11.09.15 Good job mate

11.09.15 Congratulations on an epic voyage guys, we wish you all the best from the members at "Enthusiasts of British Motor Vehicles built before 1985"

10.09.15 Well done!

09.09.15 Love your journey. Well done. X

20.08.15 great trip....

30.06.15 Hope you are having fun!

30.06.15 Hope your adventure is going great!

07.06.15 Are you there yet? Good luck xx

29.05.15 Matt et al. very best wishes.

16.05.15 Have fun on your epic trip, All the best from Rye Auction Galleries Ltd.

13.05.15 Hi Sarah & Matt, I'm a friend of Anne & John's and wish you good luck on your journey. Sue

06.05.15 Sorry we could make it the other day to make our donation but as promised my donation for a worthy cause. I look forward to seeing the photos and video. Good luck on your journey and take care. Mark & Sarah



10.04.15 From Storage Bedfordshire, hope you have worked out a safe route, all the best

08.02.15 Go for it Albert!

29.01.15 Albert, Matt and Sarah, Good luck for the adventure and looking forward to seeing the photos and posts. Bernie - IsVision

07.01.15 Matt, you are such a big kid. I think Sarah is nuts doing this with you but all the best hope the planning and trip goes well


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