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Mahoney’s Magic

July 8th, 2008 · No Comments

We love to share good news and this cannot be better. We have an angel. He is David Mahoney whom I met while teaching in Mongolia.

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David has made a wonderfully, generous, challenge – he will match every donation of $50. or more up to a total of $1,000. We are so grateful. Please put him to the test.

From: David Mahoney
Sent: Sunday, July 06, 2008 6:06 PM
To: David Mahoney
Subject: Support the Insane (for a good cause)

Now that I have your attention, I want to challenge you to support a good cause from the comfort of your keyboard while some seriously crazy people attempt to drive a 1991 London taxi w/ 175,000 miles on it from London to Ulaanbaatar this summer.

First, a little background. The distinguished silver-haired guy on the right in the first picture is none other than Jimmy Walker, former ABC News correspondent and Knight Fellow, coming in second to “Indiana” Mahoney in a camel race in Mongolia when we both on a Mercy Corps trip in 2004. But don’t let his appearance or resume fool you for an instant – he is certifiably insane. As evidence, I would point to the fact that he came up with the idea of driving that taxi to Mongolia, is the “godfather” of the team, and will be driving the final (hardest) leg from Turkmenistan to Ulaanbaatar. I haven’t seen him drive, but if it is anything like his camel riding, this should be interesting…

Why am I telling you all this? Because Jimmy, along with a crack team of young British university students (who really should know better), are using the race to raise awareness and funds for two worthy organizations, and Mercy Corps. They will do the driving, pushing, tire-changing, border guard bribing, back-seat sleeping, etc. All you need to do is support their cause.

Their beautiful vehicle, newly fitted out with the necessary racks and spiffy raised exhaust is pictured below. Think of this as the “before” picture.

And here is the link to their website:

Click on the link, read a bit more about this remarkable [crazy?] team, hit the “Donations” button at the top of the site, and click either Mercy Corps US or the firstgiving link here

As an added incentive, I will match every donation to Mercy Corps of $50 or more, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $1000.

Thanks, and check back in with Team Desert Taxi after the July 19 race start to keep up with their progress.


…..and thanks to you, too.                             -click on photos to enlarge-

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