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To participate in the Mongol Rally, a six-week car rally that spans 15 countries in Europe and Asia, Golden residents Joe Ambrosich and Emily Hayden must raise money to make two separate charitable donations.
Total goal is $10,675. Here’s the breakdown:
• $675 to Cool Earth, a nonprofit working to halt deforestation and climate change. This is the Mongol Rally’s organizer’s official charity partner.
• $10,000 for a scholarship to fund an underprivileged Colorado college student pursuing a degree in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines.
To donate to Ambrosich and Hayden, visit www.thetouringtest.com.
To learn more about the Mongol Rally, visit www.theadventurists.com/mongol-rally. To learn more about Cool Earth, visit www.coolearth.org.
The Turing test is a well-known term in the scientific field. It is a way to determine if a machine or computer is capable of thinking like a human being.
Car touring is a British term for a car rally.
So as a play on words that also includes a science joke, Golden residents Joe Ambrosich and Emily Hayden decided to name their team The Touring Test.
In July, Ambrosich, 29, and Hayden, 27, will head to Europe and Asia to participate in a six-week car rally called the Mongol Rally, which is put on by an European organization called The Adventurists.
“We’ve been talking about doing something rather outlandish for about two years now,” Ambrosich said. “This stood out because it’s very different.”
However, that’s not the only reason the two chose this particular adventure. They want to help promote higher education as one of the service project requirements to participate in the car rally.
Education is often overlooked, both socially and politically, Ambrosich said.
“But it’s something everyone can get behind,” he added. “Everyone wants their children to get a good education.”
To participate in the Mongol Rally, the first requirement is that all teams donate £500, which is roughly $675, to The Adventurists’ official charity partner called Cool Earth, a nonprofit that works to halt deforestation and climate change.
The second is to raise a minimum of an additional £500 to go to a charity of the participant’s choice. For Ambrosich and Hayden, it’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education.
“We decided to go big,” Ambrosich said.
The two are fundraising $10,000 to provide a scholarship for an underprivileged student pursing a STEM degree. Ambrosich and Hayden are still working out the details of which schools will be involved, but the scholarship will fund a student transferring from a Colorado community college to a Colorado university, they said.
“We want to keep the scholarship local and enlist local support,” Hayden said.
The Touring Test website was launched mid-January, and the first donation came in on Jan. 23. So far, the two have raised $1,600. The goal is to close their fundraising efforts on July 15.
The first and second donations, totalling $200, came in from Noble Lillieftierna and his girlfriend Shannon Brunston, both of Denver. They donated primarily “because it’s Joe and Emily,” said Lillieftierna, noting he has no doubt they’ll accomplish their fundraising goal.
“In their own small way, (Ambrosich and Hayden) are spreading their goodwill,” Lillieftierna said.
He added that he and Ambrosich met in college, and are now both architectural engineers.
“We need to act as a global community,” Lillieftierna said. “STEM is a language we can all share.”
Other than the two requirements of charitable donations, rules of the Mongol Rally are that the two have to purchase a less-than-desirable car — something that costs no more than $1,000 — with an engine no larger than one liter to travel in from Prague to Mongolia.
But any donation that people give will go to Cool Earth or the STEM scholarship, Ambrosich and Hayden said. Donations will not fund additional costs for participating in the Mongol Rally.
Fundraising to provide a scholarship for a STEM student is important to Hayden, especially, because she is the recipient of a full-ride scholarship for physics.
She transferred from Colorado Mountain College and is finishing up her studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. If it weren’t for the scholarship, she would not have been able to attend school, she said.
“This is a way to pay it forward,” Hayden said. “We wanted to do something that would help other people get those same opportunities.”
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