Sparkling and Fully LogoedWednesday 20th June 2012
‘BACK MOBILE’ unveiled to the media
Sparkling and fully logoed, our "BACK MOBILE" was finally revealed to the media at a high profile launch event in Perth on Wednesday, 13 June.
Ian Jones, James and Jonathon Backhouse were amongst Ann Gloag's, "Gloag Girls" team, in launching both cars, ready for the Banger Rally in July 2012.
Ann Gloag, Scotland's richest woman and co-founder of transport company Stagecoach Group is due to drive a 1999 Vauxhall Astra from Lille to Barcelona in the charity 'Banger Rally' next month.
Ann who has been instrumental in involving Backhouse Jones to take part in the rally is doing so to raise awareness and sponsorship for the Abandoned Baby Unit at Kenya Children's Home in Nairobi.
The unit is part of Kenya Children's Home and run by Ann Gloag and her Balcraig Foundation. Kenya Children's Home and its associated projects help up to 1700 children in Kenya every year and the Abandoned Baby Unit houses children from newborns up to 18 months.
Speaking about her impending trip, Ann Gloag said, "There are a lot of people who think I am mad to do this but I wanted to do something completely different in order to help raise awareness and funds for the abandoned babies that we help.
"Abandoned and orphaned babies really are the most vulnerable people in society and it is vital that they are given the best chance in life.
"Babies are often left at our gate in plastic bags or brought to us by the police after being found in the street. You have to assume the mothers hope their baby will receive a better life than they could give them but it is still heartbreaking.
"We try to provide the best care we can at our unit and, thankfully, around 80% of the babies are adopted by Kenyan families and the rest are cared for in our orphanage until they are 18.
"My foundation provides the core funding for all the Kenya Children's Home Projects but we are always looking for more people to become involved. We have many supporters in the UK who provide sponsorship for the babies and children within the orphanage and the Banger Rally seemed a good way to expand that support to a wider audience.
Donations will be used to cover vital expenses including quality milk formula, food, clothing, nappies and medical care and 100% of donations will go directly to support the babies as Ann Gloag covers all the administration costs of the charity.
Ian Jones comments "I am delighted to be part of raising money for such a worthwhile cause and I hope as many people as possible show their support for the abandoned baby unit by donating by text or via our justgiving pages.
"Seven countries in four days is a challenge for any car but I hope our 2002 Ford Mondeo, appropriately named the "BACK MOBILE", will do us proud. I am confident we have a banger to be reckoned with and definitely up for the challenge to beat the girls!"
Details on the event and a full list of sponsors can be found at http://www.kenyachildrenshome.org.uk/news_events/events/banger_rally
Anyone wishing to sponsor the Backhouse Boys in their "BACK MOBILE" can do so at http://www.justgiving.com/backhouseboysbarmytobarcelona
Alternatively, you can text a donation to 70070. To sponsor the boys' team £5, text BBBB98 £5. To sponsor £10, just change the 5 to a 10!
Photos show a range of shots taken from the launch in Perth, Wednesday 13 June 2012.