Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Intrepid Pair on a Drive Down under; New Zealanders' Fundraising Van Plan for Their 12,000-Mile Trip Home

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Intrepid Pair on a Drive Down under; New Zealanders' Fundraising Van Plan for Their 12,000-Mile Trip Home

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Byline: Rob Phillips. 0191 201 6262. Rob Phillips? jnl.newsdesk@ncjmedia.co.uk

APAIR of madcap New Zealanders will be travelling more than 12,000 miles from Newcastle to their home turf in a van.

Laura Glasgow and Chris Pevreal, who have been living in the North East for around two years, decided to make the long trip home a little bit more adventurous in a bid to raise money for charity.

All funds will be split between the North of England Children's Cancer Research, charity for abandoned children Half the Sky, as well as the Cancer Society of New Zealand.

The epic adventure will see the thrill-seeking pair cross 22 countries during their journey.

They will be driving through Europe (France, Spain, Monaco, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia), then into Eastern Europe (Bosnia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria), and into Asia (Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Eastern Russia and Mongolia).

In Mongolia, they will be donating their van and most of their belongings to charity before heading to China via train, from where they'll be flying home from Beijing.

Laura, has been in the UK since October 2011 and has worked as a Human Resource officer for educational charity NCFE for the past year, which has its head offices in Newcastle.

She said: "I absolutely love the UK, and Newcastle has been like a second home to me. I've even lovingly named our van 'Chezza' after everyone's favourite Geordie, Cheryl Cole.

"But the time has come to go home, and I couldn't think of a better way to do it.

"We'll hopefully raise a lot of money for charity, which will make up for the considerable challenges of the trip, which we think will last about four months." Laura and Chris, both 27, have been sharing their extensive travel plans in a workshop with Newcastle College's Adventure Tourism class. …

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