Former Rafto volunteer, Kasper Vagle and Line Sverdrup are making an adventure of a lifetime this summer. The couple are participating in the annual “Mad Max” car race, the Mongol Rally, and are at the same time raising money for the Rafto Foundation.
“The only rules that apply are to have a car with a 1200cc engine limit and to raise at least 1000 GBP or more for charity. A farmer from the small village Steigen in the North of Norway donated a car - without the wife’s permission, I must add. And we chose to donate the money to Rafto,” explains Kasper.
The race team @team7steps’s two members Line and Kasper, actually got together because of the Mongol Rally. Line had for a long time been dreaming of travelling with the trans-Siberian railway – then Kasper came along and introduced her to the Mongol Rally. She was persuaded.
“We had a goal of fundraising 1000 GBP, just so we could participate. Now, a month before the rally starts, we have reached 5000. We are overwhelmed by the response,” says Line
“We wanted to donate money to an organization we know more than by its name. I had volunteering for Rafto some years ago, so we know you do great work for human rights defenders, ” Kasper says.
The intercontinental car race with 400 cars participating, starts in Czech Republic and ends in Russia - a 10,000 miles stretch on bumpy roads. The roadmap is not set, even not the time. Well, as long as you reach finish line by 1 September you will receive a diploma. The rally has a 70% completion rate. Line and Kasper’s route includes 17 countries - if everything goes as planned. It probably won’t.
“It will be an adventure either way. We have two months to finish the race, and we look forward to explore parts of the world we have never been to, to meet new, crazy people and learn about the countries we are visiting along the route”, Kasper and Line says.
Follow their journey!
The race starts 16 July and ends 1 September. During race, Rafto and @team7steps will share stories on Instagram and Facebook along the route!