A Fundraiser for MSF: Julie's Mongol Derby Adventure
Organized by: Julia Stewart
Many of you know that I am lucky enough to have been chosen to ride in an epic horse race across Mongolia this summer. If I haven't yet forced you to watch this video, let me do so now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PK3SpdIXvD4 In short, the race is based upon Ghengis Khan's postal system: 1000km to be covered by a field of 40 international riders who are provided with GPS points to find their next horse but no set track, and are allowed only 10lbs of supplies for the 7-10 day ride. The Guinness Book of World Records has declared it "the longest, toughest horse race in the world". Many, many riders don't get around. (Obviously I'm going to, because stubborn.)
It probably goes without saying that I'm excited enough that I haven't really stopped shaking since last summer, when they offered me one of the few spots available to Americans.
What I may not have told you is that the race is for charity. Half of the money raised goes to Cool Earth, which is the charity chosen by the Derby organizers. Cool Earth works with indigenous populations to halt rainforest destruction. The other half of the money I raise will go to Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF/Doctors Without Borders). I chose MSF as my charity because of the extraordinary work that they do in providing emergency medical aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare around the world. They provide life-saving care to the most vulnerable people in the most harrowing situations around the world, and I am proud to be able to contribute to their work in any small way that I can. I am very, very grateful for any contribution you may feel compelled to make!