Author: Sanjay V

Week 5 Results – Final

Day 30 – Budapest to Maribor
Monday – Jul 11, 2016
Daily driving time: 9:36:13
Class Position: #1
Overall Position: #9


Day 31 – Maribor to Ljubljana
Tuesday – Jul 12, 2016
Daily driving time: 10:13:55
Class Position: #1
Overall Position: #11


Day 32 – Ljubljana to San Martino di C.
Wednesday – Jul 13, 2016
Daily driving time: 9:29:58
Class Position: #1
Overall Position: #11

Day 33 – San Martino di C. to St Moritz
Thursday – Jul 14, 2016
Daily driving time: 10:41:03
Class Position: #1
Overall Position: #10


Day 34 – St Moritz to Lausanne
Friday – Jul 15, 2016
Daily driving time: 9:44:30
Class Position: #1
Overall Position: #11


Day 35 – Lausanne to Reims
Saturday – Jul 16, 2016
Daily driving time: 0
Class Position: #1
Overall Position: #11


Day 36 – Reims to Paris
Sunday – Jul 17, 2016
Daily driving time: 0
Class Position: #1
Overall Position: #11

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DONATION MADE TO BRIGHT LIGHT 16/6/16

On 16 June 2016  Paul, with entourage of Chimka, Deb & Dorothy, went to the Bright Light Center to “handover” the “cheque” for $20,905 AUD to which many of you very kindly donated.

Unfortunately, Sebastian was needed to fix brake linings, Bukhu to interpret and Martin to play Man Friday, so they missed being on local Ulaanbaatar TV !!!

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It was a wonderful to finally meet Munkhchuluun, the main organiser of the charity who also happens to be Bukhu’s oldest sister. Women and children filled the small work area in their rented premises, in an outer suburb of Ulaanbaatar.

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The women are taught how to make various arts and crafts (bags, jewellery, tapestries, toys, hats, paper cuttings) which are sold at markets etc.   Munkhchuluun is excited that some of the money we have donated can go towards the purchase of sewing machines so clothes can be made.

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Handmade decorative pieces:

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Oh, and of course you have to have mandatory silly hat:

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What Munkhchuluun emphasised is that the centre not only helps the women gain skills to earn money, but also acts as a social network for the isolated. They know the importance of inspiring confidence and so teach interview techniques and how to present themselves etc.   Bright Light itself networks with other organisations so that if a woman has e.g. a legal , medical or psychological issue, they can refer appropriately.

Paul handled the interview and camera like a pro, i.e. hands in pockets, whilst Chimka valiantly interpreted   …..  Paul’s English has always required interpretation, let alone then translating into Mongolian.

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However, even our Paul was short for words as he was presented with special scrolls for he and Sebastian, with their names written in flowing traditional script, and a very shiny plaque engraved with “Sir Paul Hickman” & “Sir Sebastian Gross” – it’s in writing so it must be true.

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We left with a certain pride that we were able to help out ….. but the fact remains that “we left” and it is up to Munkhchuluun and the committee to do the daily organising, teaching, administration, funding and jollying along.  If you haven’t read Munkhchuluun’s Story, and you want to know why her friends/fellow organisers say they are so proud of her, it’s only short, <400 words.    https://bristol403.com/2015/12/16/monkchuluuns-story/

Munkhchuluun on right. Childhood friend on left.  Friend from working in other charities in the middle.  These girls make going on a rally seem a Sunday jaunt. Thank you.

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Week 4 Results

Day 22 – Nizhny Novgorod to Zavidovo
Sunday – Jul 03, 2016
Daily driving time: 10:01:46
Class Position: #1
Overall Position: #13


Day 23 – Zavidovo to Smolensk
Monday – Jul 04, 2016
Daily driving time: 9:58:56
Class Position: #1
Overall Position: #13


Day 24 – Smolensk to Minsk
Tuesday – Jul 05, 2016
Daily driving time: 12:23:47
Class Position: #1
Overall Position: #13


Day 25 – Minsk to Brest
Wednesday – Jul 06, 2016
Daily driving time: 9:02:04
Class Position: #1
Overall Position: #13


Day 27 – Rzeszow to Kosice
Friday – Jul 08, 2016
Daily driving time: 7:38:38
Class Position: #1
Overall Position: #11


Day 28 – Kosice to Budapest
Saturday – Jul 09, 2016
Daily driving time: 9:43:49
Class Position: #1
Overall Position: #10

Week 3 Results

Day 15 – Novosibirsk to Omsk
Sunday – Jun 26, 2016
Daily driving time: 11:28:00
Class Position: #1
Overall Position: #15


Day 16 – Omsk to Tyumen
Monday – Jun 27, 2016
Daily driving time: 11:20:00
Class Position: #1
Overall Position: #15


Day 17 – Tyumen to Yekaterinburg
Tuesday – Jun 28, 2016
Daily driving time: 6:53:17
Class Position: #1
Overall Position: #14


Day 18 – Yekaterinburg to Perm
Wednesday – Jun 29, 2016
Daily driving time: 8:38:00
Class Position: #1
Overall Position: #13


Day 19 – Perm to Kazan
Thursday – Jun 30, 2016
Daily driving time: 10:36:17
Class Position: #1
Overall Position: #13


Day 21 – Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod
Saturday – Jul 02, 2016
Daily driving time: 9:09:00
Class Position: #1
Overall Position: #13

Week 2 Results

Day 8 – Murun to Uliastai
Sunday – Jun 19, 2016
Daily driving time: 6:50:08
Class Position: #1
Overall Position: #18


Day 9 – Uliastai to Chjargas Lake
Monday – Jun 20, 2016
Daily driving time: 7:10:48
Class Position: #1
Overall Position: #16


Day 10 – Chjargas Lake to Olgiy
Tuesday – Jun 21, 2016
Daily driving time: 7:59:07
Class Position: #1
Overall Position: #16


Day 12 – Altai Republic to Aya
Thursday – Jun 23, 2016
Daily driving time: 9:25:53
Class Position: #1
Overall Position: #16


Day 13 – Aya to Novosibirsk
Friday – Jun 24, 2016
Daily driving time: 9:32:50
Class Position: #1
Overall Position: #15

Week 1 Results

Day 1 – Peking to Datong
Sunday – Jun 12, 2016
Daily driving time: 6:23
Class Position: #1
Overall Position: #1


Day 2 – Datong to Erenhot
Monday – Jun 13, 2016
Daily driving time: 12:00
Class Position: #1
Overall Position: #1


Day 3 – Erenhot to Undurshireet
Tuesday – Jun 14, 2016
Daily driving time: 8:24:05
Class Position: #1
Overall Position: #35


Day 4 – Undurshireet to Ulaan Baatar
Wednesday – Jun 15, 2016
Daily driving time: 12:11:32
Class Position: #1
Overall Position: #22


Day 6 – Ulaan Baatar to Bulgan
Friday – Jun 17, 2016
Daily driving time: 9:51:04
Class Position: #1
Overall Position: #18


Day 7 – Bulgan to Murun
Saturday – Jun 18, 2016
Daily driving time: 7:15:18
Class Position: #1
Overall Position: #19