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Upper Eden Rotary Club in Africa

Plymouth-Timbuktu Challenge.
Ice Cream van driven across Sahara Desert to Timbuktu

This quirky 2007 project, another joint initiative by the Rotary Clubs of Appleby and Upper Eden raised £13,250 to fund aid projects in Africa in addition to donating a vehicle packed with goods to the Bamako Rotary Club for local distribution.

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The Mission

Purchase a vehicle for under £100 and spend less than £15 restoring it. Fill the vehicle with desirable goods. Drive to Bamako, the capital of Mali. Donate the vehicle and contents to Bamako Rotary Club. Take in Timbuktu.

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The Team

Roger Frank (Rotary Club of Upper Eden), John Taylor (Appleby Rotary Club).

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The Result

£13,250 was raised by the project to fund classroom equipment for a replacement school roof and new pump for the village of Dinfara, a new pump for Koulouninko village and classroom equipment for Pogoon School.

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The Story

A van was purchased from a scrap yard and remodelled as an ice cream van. It was filled with hand cranked sewing machines, pens and pencils, digital thermometers and wheelchairs, then driven through Europe, Morocco, Mauritania and into Mali the Worlds 4th poorest country.

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The Sahara crossing took 4 days.

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he expedition took 3 weeks to reach Bamako and a further week to travel to and from Timbuktu.

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The van and contents were donated to Bamako Rotary Club who arranged for distribution of the goods and the sale of the van to fund local projects. John and Roger then flew home.

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15 vehicles made the trip. All were donated to the local Rotary Club to raise funds for local good causes.

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