Charity mission to set Guinness World Record on fire
Circumnavigating the globe is a challenging feat at best, so doing it in a 13 year old fire engine, over nine months, is truly remarkable.
Skype is proud to be supporting Follow That Fire Engine, a round the world mission that should see a crew of 25 friends break a Guinness World Record and raise money for three charitable causes – Macmillan Cancer Support, The Fire Fighters Charity and The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. We provided them with Skype credit, headsets, webcams, an iPhone3G and a Nokia N900 to help them stay in touch with friends and family back home.
The 26,000-mile mission is already over one month in, after departing from the London Greenwich Mean Line in July.
Currently in Mongolia, and speeding towards China, the feat is being led by expedition leader Steve Moore (32), dedicated to the memory of his father, Garth Moore, who passed away on 18th July 2009 at the age of 63, after a brave battle with lung cancer.
I spoke to Steve earlier this week and he told me how the Skype kit has helped all of the crew to stay connected with loved ones back home. “Through Northern Europe, into the vast plains of Russia, Kazakhstan, and the deserts of Mongolia, we’ve used the Skype gear to communicate, when we otherwise would have been totally isolated.”
To follow the fire engine’s epic journey over the coming months, or donate to the cause, please visit its website, or follow the journey on Facebook or Twitter (@FollowEngine).
100% of all donations go directly to the charities supported – the crew is self-funding the entire trip.