The Raffle is ON!

As we’ve mentioned, one of the Mongol Rally’s rules is that we have to raise 1000 pounds ($1500) for charity. We’ve chosen MercyCorps,, as our beneficiary. In order to sweeten the deal for our nearest and dearest, we’re raising the money by raffling off several very attractive items. The first two will be shipped before Valentine’s Day. The latter two are meant for those who would like to share our experiences on the trip and will, of necessity, not be shipped until after we return.
TO PAY: Please click on the FirstGiving icon at the side of this page or point your browser to our FirstGiving page, click on Sponsor Me Now. For each 10 dollars you donate, you get a virtual raffle ticket. You can apply all your entries to a single raffle or spread them out over different raffles, indicate which item you want in your comment. So, if I donate $40, I could say “I want all 4 tickets to go to the mystery raffle and my theme is ponies!” or I could say “Diversification is great! Give me a ticket for each raffle!”
*Please note that the Valentine’s day items are only available until February 9.*
Thank you very much for your support, and let us know if you have any questions!

The Raffles

  1. Picnic basket for two: Contains a picnic bag from Raecyclements, reusable bamboo plates and cutlery, two glasses made from recycled wine bottles (customizable with your desired initials, words, or designs, a la this), a copy of Alice Waters’ Simple Food, delicious organic nuts from Capay Organic, an assortment of handcrafted cooking oils, and more! Purchase by February 9th, ships in time for Valentine’s day.
  2. Ladies’ home spa: Set of truly luxurious organic bath products from Pangea Organics, soaps from Olive and Oats, a set of women’s nightclothes from Keep Me, some ultra-soft bamboo fiber socks and washcloth from Pure Bamboo, flowers in a vase made of a recycled wine bottle, an assortment of handcrafted candies (truffles, caramels, chocolate-dipped dried fruits), and more!. Purchase by February 9th, ships in time for Valentine’s day.
  3. Limited edition set of trip photos: High-quality prints documenting seven thousand miles narrow Turkish lanes lined with sultry cherry trees, the ferry across the Caspian sea, Persian palaces and endless, trackless steppe along one of the ancient world’s most important overland trading routes. Photos will be taken by our accomplished photographer and our crack statistician! The winner of this raffle will choose 10 images from among the trip photos and we will have those printed on high quality fiber paper suitable for framing. Great for around the house or gifts. Bid by June 1st, ships on return.
  4. Mystery raffle! The prize in this raffle is a mystery treat from each country we visit (or, most of them, anyway)! You get to choose the theme. So, for instance, if you choose “food” we might get you an assortment of edibles, kitchen implements, and cookbooks from along the route. Or, if you choose “textiles” we could get you some Balkan embroidery, a turkmen carpet, an Uzbek hat. Or (if you’re Sarah’s dad) you might choose “rusty junk” or “found objects” in which case we’ll pick up every cool rusty railroad tie or oil can we find along the way. Let your imagination run wild with this one! (though, keep in mind, unless you are donating several thousand dollars, we probably cannot afford to get you a nice rug from every country. sorry!) Purchase by June 1st, ships on return.

One Comment

  1. Claudia Sammis says:

    Sign me up for #4 Mystery Raffle – Textiles. I’d be happy with an interesting bead or botton — Andrew will know what I’d like.