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May 4, 2012
IN TRUE gentlemanly style, four
Navy officers will travel more than
16,000km across 17 European coun-
tries dressed head to toe in dashing
tweed to raise funds for Legacy from
July 14 to August 18.
Long-time friends LCDRs Eric
Radford and James Lawless and
LEUTs Andrew McLaughlin and
Mick Newman will participate in the
annual Mongol Rally.
The trip of a lifetime requires
competitors to travel any route from
London to Ulan Bator, Mongolia in a
small 1.2-litre vehicle to raise money
for their selected charity.
The officers came up with the
tweed theme over the phone.
"Beyond the obvious requirement
to fit in with the London locals, our
premise for competing dressed in
tweed suits is to prove that a bunch of
antipodeans can complete one of the
toughest challenges in the world with-
out sacrificing their decorum or style,"
LEUT Newman said.
Each year the Mongol Rally
attracts more than 100 teams from
across Europe and in the past has
raised millions of dollars for charity.
LCDR Radford said the Trekking
in Tweed team was entirely self-fund-
ed and all monies raised would go
directly to Legacy.
"So far, we have raised more than
$16,000 for Legacy but obviously
we're aiming to raise as much money
as possible," he said.
THE TREKKING IN TWEED ROUTE
Trekking in style for Legacy
TRAVEL IN STYLE: LEUTs Mick Newman (left) and
Andrew McLaughlin (below) prepare to take on Europe
in support of Legacy. The month-long Mongol Rally will
take them through 17 countries including France, Turkey,
Uzbekistan and Russia (see map above).
"We just purchased what will be
our trusty steed for the trip, a 1.2-litre
Skoda Fabia, which we will take turns
driving throughout the journey.
"This will be our first and probably
last time participating in the Mongol
Rally. I found out about it on the
Internet when I was looking for dif-
ferent ways to raise money for Legacy.
Legacy was the obvious choice for us
because it's so supportive of Defence
He said the foursome had all gone
through training together at some
stage during their naval careers and
remained friends ever since.
"For us, this is a once in a lifetime
opportunity. We haven't served togeth-
er in the same city for about a decade
so it will be nice to catch up and spend
some time with each other," he said.
"There will be a heap of challenges
along the way. I have no doubt that
travelling in a small five-year-old car
with three other guys will get frustrat-
ing at times.
"I'm sure we'll also have difficul-
ties dealing with local authorities to
get through border patrols, but I guess
that's all part of the adventure, isn't it."
Support the Trekking in Tweed team and
make a donation online at www.trek-
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