Dumball 2016: It’s a Goa! Directors Richard & Dave are raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust
The Dumball is a world famous fancy dress festival on wheels. It’s an extreme car rally for people that know very little about cars, and the odd person that does. Money is raised for the Teenage Cancer Trust by pimping up cars that have seen better days, and driving them for thousands of miles on the world’s toughest roads. The dumball is a test of endurance. Whole continents are conquered in a week. But what makes it really famous for is the camaraderie, style and genuinely childish excitement with which money is raised for a great cause.
Since 2007 the dumball has raised over half a million quid for the Teenage Cancer Trust so that they can build a state-of-the-art unit at a recognised centre of excellence, The Royal Marsden Hospital. It cares for teenagers and young people with cancer. The unit cost over £3 million all together, so help us do our bit! Why? Because of an inspirational young man called Adam Horn.
I am very pleased to say WE HAVE COMPLETED THE DUMBALL 😉
Wow, what a journey that was!! I have to say that it was certainly the most intense driving experience we have had on a Dumball. Other vehicles come at you from all sides, often with no lights on and you still have the pedestrians & cows to dodge who also decide to occupy the road when ever they see fit. It is everything you have ever heard & more but it is truly amazing at the same time.
Our journey started in Chennai and we had nightly stop overs in Madurai, Trivandrum, Cochin, Coimbatore, Mysore, Mangalore before ending in Goa …… during the 2000 odd miles we covered we have undertaken some crazy challenges (Red Thursday attached will give you a flavour … it’s not just a drive!!) and seen some fantastic sites, stunning country side and vibrant cities. I’ve mentioned it before but we have been blown away by India and how welcoming & friendly the people have been here. If you ever get a chance to visit India then don’t miss it, it is an experience that I will certainly never forget.
The whole group who have attended this event raised a phenomenal amount of money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Your support will make a huge difference to the charity so on behalf of the TCT, thank you all for your kind donations and support
I’ve attached a few photos which I hope makes you smile
Thanks again 🙂
Dave & Richard
Thanks for all your messages and kind words. Just wanted to give you a bit of an update as to how the Rally is progressing!
We have just finished day 6 (wow it’s going quick) and we have driven from Chennai and are now in the city of Coimbatore. We have 3 more driving days, through Mysore & Mangalore before we reach Goa. They tell you that driving in India is like nothing else but until you witness the madness of it first hand, it’s very difficult to really get it. I have never experienced anything like it and although I have to admit I’m quite enjoying using the horn every couple of minutes (customary here, not just me being annoying), watching a packed bus or lorry driving straight at you down your side of the road as it try’s to overtake is more than a little scary I can tell you, regardless of how many times it happens, which is a lot 😉 The people on the other hand have been incredibly friendly and so welcoming. Every village and town we have traveled through has greeted us with so much excitement its been amazing. I’ve never seen so many people waving at the cars and wanting to find out what it’s all about. It’s a beautiful & vibrant country
The car is holding up …. somehow and the ‘Bar’ is going down a treat with the other teams! So fingers crossed that continues and we do actually make it to Goa. It is taking a team of mechanics to keep all the cars on the road though who work through the night bless em
A massive thank you to those of you that have already kindly donated. It makes a huge difference to the TCT!! So just in case any of you had misplaced the link, here it is again 😉 https://www.justgiving.com/pubcrawl2goa/
Dave & Richard
“It’s that time again when us folks at Excell don an embarrassing costume, do up an old banger and drive it thousands of miles across some foreign land! This time, the chosen destination just happens to be INDIA!! Yes that’s right, it wasn’t a typo, we are flying to Chennai … doing up an old Ambassador Taxi and driving it along with 37 other teams about 2000 miles around India to Goa. We have around 4 hours to turn our Taxi into a thing of beauty and naturally we are converting it into a Country Pub! Could you convert it into anything else?!”
“Why are we doing this?… well as some of you will well know, we are just a little passionate about the great work the amazing Teenage Cancer Trust do (www.teenagecancertrust.org) . The brilliant bit about the Dumball Rally is that all the money raised is donated to the TCT. So far, the Dumball has raised over £500,000 for this great cause and we are trying, with your help, to add as much as we can to this total.”
“This year we have set ourselves an ambitious target of £15,000 ….. and we are nearly there. The team have done a great job getting close and with the help of you very generous people, I’m hoping we cross the line. Probably more of a chance of that rather than us actually crossing the finish line in Goa looking at our car.”
“100% of your monies go to the Charity as we have completely funded this trip ourselves.”
“Thank you for taking the time reading this message and an even BIGGER thank you if you take the time to click the link above and dig deep. Hey, it’s all tax deductible through the company so you’ll feel much better about yourself giving it to the TCT rather than the tax man.”
“You can follow how we all get on at www.dumball.org. Wish us luck. “
Dave Rogers & Richard Heather – Excell South East Directors