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The Malczyk Bro's drive to Mongolia...

2 team members

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

Team story

[p]Life is hard! No one writes a manual of how to grow up, what you should do, which paths you should take. And that journey becomes so much harder in a family affected by Autism. [/p][p]For those that don’t know, our brother George has Aspergers. A form of Autism which means you see, think and feel differently from social norms. Childhood was hard for him. But, what people don’t realise is how hard it can be for the rest of the family. [/p][p]I continually clashed with my brother and I felt like I was always blamed for it. I didn’t get the support I needed. It made me angry, distant from people and I struggled to form real connections. [/p][p]Oli had it hard too, he didn’t get the attention or support as the youngest in the family. He felt like he couldn’t be himself around people and that he had to grow up too fast. Often, the forgotten younger brother.[/p][p]And our parents really struggled. We couldn’t just go for a normal meal out, go to the cinema, go on holiday. There was always friction, conflicts and challenges that most families won’t understand. Some families never overcome this.[/p][p]In the end we’ve all turned out as good eggs and we’re really proud of where we are. Mum and Dad just celebrated their 30th anniversary, I’m doing my dream job of making global digital products, George is a high flying PhD student trying to save the world from global warming, and Oli, he’s about to get a first in his Economics degree (hopefully)! [/p][p]And really, we couldn’t have got here without the help of one charity; Autism Bedfordshire![/p][p]Autism Bedfordshire is a small local charity that provides a place for autistic people to go and be themselves, have fun and not be judged by society. They helped George build some vital social skills that have got him to where he is today. [/p][p]For me and Oli, they gave us some quality alone time with our parents that released some of the tension that regularly boiled over. They helped us to understand Autism and allowed us to be kids again. They even took Oli to the zoo, where he got to feed the monkeys and buy his second favourite teddie, ‘Wolfie’. Cost £4.99, memories, priceless.[/p][p]And most importantly, they helped our parents with the emotional support to get through the dark times. Practical tips on how to handle everything and a guilt-free break from their caring responsibilities, to spend some quality time by themselves. I honestly don’t think our family would have made it without Autism Bedfordshire. [/p][p]So, we want to do something to pay them back and prove you don’t need that manual for life. We’ve decided to do the Mongol Rally, a trip where you drive an old banger from the UK to Mongolia, unsupported. A trip where you don’t need to care about which paths to take and what you should do. A celebration of freedom, of overcoming ridiculous challenges (of which we’re sure they’ll be many), and enjoying the ride.[/p][p]We’ll be driving our first car, a 15-year old Seat Arosa with a crunching gearbox, broken electric window, no radio and no air conditioning across some of the world's most inhospitable roads. From the smoothness of the M1, bumping past the formidable Pamir highway all the way to the desert plains of Mongolia. We’ll be travelling over 10,000 miles through countries like Iran, all the Stans and Russia in a car that can barely make it to Bristol. [/p][p]And to put the cherry on top of the cake. Because, the challenge isn’t hard enough. We’ve decided to dress the car and ourselves in fancy dress. And for every £10 you donate, we’ll give you 1 vote on the theme, please comment your choice if you donate. You can choose from:[/p][p]Scooby Doo, Shaggy & the Mystery Machine[/p][p]Alan Grant, a T-Rex & the Jurassic Park Explorer[/p][p]Marty Mcfly, Doc Brown & the DeLorean[/p][p]So please help us raise some money for a charity that is close to our hearts. For a small local organisation that makes such a big difference to families in Bedfordshire. Sometimes it’s not about the massive initiatives but the small ones that really make a difference. [/p][p]As part of our trip we will also be raising money for Cool Earth. An organisation that is working with some of the poorest rainforest communities in the world to halt deforestation and climate change. A beautiful synergy when you realise George is trying to save the world by doing a PhD in glacial retreat, something he may not have got the opportunity to do without the help of Autism Bedfordshire. [/p][p]Help us make a difference by supporting one of the world’s biggest and one of the world’s smallest initiatives![/p][p]Andrew & Oli Malczyk[/p][p][br][/p][p]If you would like to follow our journey, we’ll be posting on instagram along the way:[/p][p]Andrew: @andrewmalczyk[/p][p]Oli: @olimalczyk[/p][p][br][/p][p]For more information please see:[/p][p]Mongol Rally: [url=https://www.theadventurists.com/adventures/mongol-rally/#1]https://www.theadventurists.com/adventures/mongol-rally/#1[/url][/p][p]Autism Bedfordshire: [url=https://www.autismbedfordshire.net]https://www.autismbedfordshire.net[/url] [/p][p]Cool Earth: [url=https://www.coolearth.org]https://www.coolearth.org[/url][/p]

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Supporters

Jul 25, 2019

Charlotte

Good luck to you both. Lots of Autism in our family so appreciate the struggles you've had. Glad you go the support - many don't.

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jul 19, 2019

Duncan Cowper

Good luck guys. Looking forward to that postcard from Tehran!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jul 18, 2019

Josh Edwards

Good luck mate, know you’ll smash it! Looking forward to a sesh when you’re back

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Jul 18, 2019

Jack greenwood

All the best boys!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jul 18, 2019

Alex Parish

Good luck. Have fun!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jul 18, 2019

Marie Shaw

Great cause, go Team Malczyk!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jul 18, 2019

Hugo Camacho

Good luck!

£40.00

Jul 18, 2019

Willyaarm

Good luck lads! Have a banger! Just make sure Mal makes good use of the handbrake 😂

£10.00

Jul 12, 2019

Susan Liverman

Amazing cause, go Andrew/ team Malczyk!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jul 11, 2019

Rob Lynch

Good luck guys!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Andrew Malczyk

Andrew Malczyk

Oli Malczyk

Oli Malczyk