Not long after we had agreed on our new brand positioning, For the spirited, we were approached by serial adventurist John Griffiths, an experienced expedition leader eager for a fresh challenge. John was in search of a sponsor for his Mongol Rally quest, described as 10,000 miles of chaos across mountain, deserts and steppe on roads ranging from bad to impassable. It was a perfect match.
And when John said he needed to find a suitable vehicle for the race, we immediately thought of the GASP motor project workshop just across the road in Albury. GASP deliver practical mechanical and engineering skills to young students to encourage positive personal development, teamwork and social integration. GASP not only kindly provided the car for the expedition but used the newly developed skills of their young apprentices to get the car fighting fit and back on the road.
“I’m used to leading things” said John Griffiths, “I’m confident we will make it to Mongolia as I have a team of friends around and there is very little ‘quit’ in me. The fact that the GASP Project have got involved is everything I could want for this expedition. Hopefully it will encourage their guys to have a go in the future.”
John and his team are doing the expedition to raise money for Bowel Cancer UK and the Cool Earth Fund. The distillery has also agreed with Albury Estate to plant hundreds of trees to offset the mission’s carbon footprint. The expedition will leave from the distillery on July 19.
If you’d like to sponsor John and the team, please visit their Just Giving page here.