At the beginning of the academic term the University launched its very own crowdfunding platform. The platform is a way to inspire and enable our students, staff and researchers to fundraise for their very own projects and ideas by using the influence of their social networks and communities – helping to make their ideas become a reality. So far the platform has received a lot of interest from student clubs and societies, including one group of very ambitious Engineering students who are looking to raise funds for a project that will allow them to bring urgent medical care to some of the most remote areas of Mongolia.
Crowdfunding all the way to Mongolia
The Mongolia Charity Rally is an epic 10,000 mile trans-continental road trip across numerous mountain ranges, deserts and other inhospitable lands all in the name of brining urgent medical care to the people of Mongolia. The journey starts in London with its final destination in the ancient Mongol capital of Ulaanbaatar. This year, four students from the University of Southampton will take on this epic journey, however, before they can get on the road they need to raise the funds for their project.
Callum Livingstone, George Tuckey, Oli Hampden-Martin and William Sexton (pictured above) have taken on the ambitious task to raise £7,000 that will enable them to purchase, repair and transport a 4x4 ambulance to their intended destination. Through participating in the project, inspired by Go Help Charity Rallies, the team will use the skills they’ve obtained throughout their Engineering degree at Southampton to experience the journey of a lifetime while also helping the people of Mongolia to get the care they need.
So far Callum, George, Oli and Will have raised over £4,200 through numerous donations from their families, friends and peers – but there is still more to be done. Without the funds to purchase the ambulance, medical care can’t be delivered and the team won’t be able to partake in the experience of a lifetime.
You can read more about the journey our students are about to embark upon and donate to the project by visiting the team's crowdfunding page, as well as keeping up to date on their progress through their dedicated blog. Each donation to the project is another £3, £50 or £150 closer to their target and the team have some great rewards to show their appreciation for your support.