THREE Limerick men returned home to a heroes welcome after they completed the Mongol Rally, driving from Limerick to Mongolia in the process, and raising €12,000 for charity.
Brothers Kevin and Aran Power, Ballybrown and their brother-in-law Stephen Allen, Pallaskenry arrived in Shannon Airport exhausted but ecstatic after completing the 16,000 kilometre challenge.
The boys, who named their adventure lock, stock and three smoking Hondas, completed the drive on Honda 125 CC motorbikes, in aid of the preschool at Mid West School for the Hearing Impaired.
Stephen Allen said they encountered some difficult terrain on the trip and also some very generous people.
“We crossed mountain ranges, deserts, and more barren and inhospitable locations than we care to remember. At one stage in Uzbekistan we even ran out of petrol and stopped to ask locals where we could get some and not alone did they sort us out, they invited us to a wedding and made us guests of honour at it,” he said.
The voluntary preschool in Rosbrien costs €26,000 a year to run, approximately €5,000 of this is covered by grants, leaving €22,000 to be raised by the school.
Principal of the school Maria Allen said this is the single biggest donation made to made to the preschool since it opened ten years ago.
“This is the first year that I can say as principal, that when the parents are sending their kids in September, I know we have the funding to keep the preschool open until June and that is because we have got this huge injection of this money,” she said.
The trio, who crossed 17 countries in 40 days, donated all the money raised to the preschool, as they covered all their expenses and also donated their motorbikes to a local charity when they finished.
Just short of 30 motorcycles have had completed the rally over the last ten years.
To donate see idonate.ie/lockstockand3smokinhondas.