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And the journey begins...

Over the next few months, staff at Witney-based manufacturing company, Meech International, will be following a new website with great interest as they track the fortunes of a group of intrepid adventurers. The website www.africandescent.co.uk will follow the endeavours of four university students as they drive their specially modified Land Rover Defender the length of Africa, from Alexandria to Cape Town. Once in the Kalahari, they will then run 645 km across the desert, as a relay. Each team member will run the equivalent of a half marathon every day for eight days. A feat that has never been attempted before.

In April 2008, Chris Francis, managing director at Meech handed over a generous donation to help the students kickstart the campaign. With the adventure due to begin on June 18th, the fundraising target is now within sight. The Land Rover is currently being shipped to Alexandria, where the team will meet it to start their adventure.

The aim of the expedition is to raise money for two worthwhile charities: Help for Heroes, an organization formed to help those who have been wounded in Britainís current conflicts and the Tusk Trust a dynamic UK based African Wildlife Trust, with over 17 years experience of conserving wildlife, promoting education and supporting community development programmes across Africa.

The team comprises twins Harry and Toby Mossop, Robert Hemms and Alexander Budge. Donations can be made at http://www.justgiving.com/africandescent

Posted : 12/06/2008 15:21:11

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