Many of you have asked about what charity will be involved and how it is going to work (since donating a vehicle is not really a simple option).
Well I am really proud to announce that we have a fantastic partner joining in - the Muskoka foundation.
The Muskoka foundation has many projects/partners throughout Central America and the rest of the world.
More information is available on their site:
"Our Muskoka communities are supported through partnerships with committed local and international organizations, and a focus on building beneficiary’s skills and independence through training workshops and access to global markets."
So there will be two ways in which participants will be able to help, have a direct impact and share a great experience with the local communities:
OPTION GUANAJUATO - Any team who would be willing to arrive in Guanajuato early and help out with the local Muskoka partner will be getting a free entry in the rally.
The team will need to be able to dedicate about 4 days from around Dec 3rd to Dec 7th (with some flexibility). The details of the project will come later but it could be for example: teaching a class, helping fixing a school, sharing skills with the kids, etc. Things that we take for granted here but may be a life changing experience over there.
This is something that will most likely be a highlight of the entire journey.
Here are links to the local partners in GTO:
The Home: www.buenpastor.weebly.com
OPTION OAXACA - Participants will be asked to bring an item from the US to the Muskoka partner in Oaxaca (you can guess that the rally will go through that city...).
A list of specific items will be provided beforehand (many months before) and could be anything from an old laptop, hard drive, medical kit, school kit, etc, - with different points associated to each item, depending on value/scarcity/effort. Participants will have the opportunity to stop by, meet the partners and learned a bit more on the work done there. This will be a quick encounter but we still hope it can have a good impact on the communities and help the participants have an idea of the local needs.
In addition to that, we are also working to make a difference at the end of the rally with our partner/organizer. Details of that will come later.
Both the Muskoka foundation and the Maya Rally will be present at Overland Expo so feel free to stop by!
(p.s.: if any team has already signed up/paid and wants to participate in option 1, just contact me and we'll reimburse the admission fee)