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10th February 2010

Intrepid young alumnus raising money for landmine charity

One of Exeter’s most recent graduates, Quentin Macfarlane (2006, PPE), is about to embark on an epic quest. Along with two other young Oxonians, he aims to drive from England to South Africa, all in aid of landmine disposal charity, The Halo Trust.

The three men will depart from the UK on 15 March, driving through Europe to Genoa, where they will pick up a ferry to take them across the Mediterranean to Tunisia. From there, they will drive south through Africa, arriving into Cape Town (if all goes to schedule!) just over 100 days later.

Their journey will offer them amazing opportunities, from visiting Roman ruins in Libya, to witnessing the first elections in Sudan since the end of the civil war – as well as taking them through some of the world’s most magnificent natural scenery. One of the highlights, however, is sure to be their stop in Mozambique, where they will have the chance to see how the money they raise will be used to help The Halo Trust’s mine clearance programmes.

These three intrepid Oxonians are aiming to raise £1 for each of the 9761 kilometers they will travel. If you would like to make a donation, they have an online giving page set up at They also have more details on other ways to give on their website, where you can also follow their blog of their travels, and see photos as they go along. And if you would like to find out more about the charity they are supporting, visit The Halo Trust’s website.

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