15,000 kilometers of desert, mountains, dirt tracks and bandits in a tiny car.. that's the adventure Melbourne based aircraft engineer and photographer Leon M Struk (33) along with Irish born, San Francisco based business executive Ian Casey (38) will be heading off in late July in a bid to raise much needed funds for Muscular Dystrophy Australia.
Not a stranger to travel, Leon has seen more parts of the world than many people have in a lifetime. His travels have taken him from South America to South East Asia, Russia to China via Mongolia and Mexico to Morocco via Cuba.
Leon has been heavily involved with Muscular Dystrophy Australia since his early teens. This passion in supporting MD is very personal Leon's younger brother Ryan, is affected by this devastating disorder. More recently he participating in ChallengeMD. Through ChallengeMD Leon has pedaled a mountain bike from North to South Vietnam and trekked to over 4,169 meters in Nepal. To date ChallengeMD has raised more than $2 million in support of MD.
It was on the Trans Siberian Railway on a journey from St Petersburg to Beijing where Leon first met Ian. Ian is also no stranger to travel and charity support having lived in 5 countries and travelled the world from Brisbane to Buenos Aries and San Sebastian to Shanghai via Siberia From an early age he has been associated with local charities helping the elderly in Cork, Ireland, a kindergarten school in Oakland, CA and an organisation that helps situate displaced refugees in San Francisco. An avid cyclist, he has completed multiple Century Rides on behalf of Leukemia research.
Leon and Ian have set a minimum fundraising sponsorship target of $25,000. Of course getting to the final destination in Mongolia is going to be difficult. And just as difficult will be the task in securing the necessary community and corporate support to help them reach their minimum charity target. Leon and Ian are calling on the support business and corporate sector to come on board financially and to share in the knowledge that the support given will benefit those most in need.
What a team this dynamic duo will make - Ian is technically challenged and his mechanical skill-set can just see him change a tyre (and that's it), Leon is geographically challenged relying on GPS to make his way around his home city of Melbourne. Together, this pair's skills should complement each other nicely on the 15,000 km journey through Western & Eastern Europe and across Central Asia... Good luck to them both!