Published: 26 June 2008 at 14:34
As he celebrates securing a major sponsorship deal with Anglia Ruskin University.
A man who nearly lost his life in 2006 when he contracted MRSA from a hospital stay is planning a second rally to the Sahara desert in July 2009 with a group of 28 other volunteers as part of a drive to raise money for his two chosen charities. His car, sponsored by Anglia Ruskin University, has just been liveried for the 8000 km trip from Cambridge to Zagora, Morocco. The route takes the cars through England, France, Spain, Gibraltar and Morocco. Over the high atlas mountain range and 400 miles through the Sahara Desert.
Karl Scarr, (44), from Cherry Hinton Cambridge, is preparing for this, his second, Saharan rally to support his very own Scarred4life Fundraising Society, which was formed soon after his release from hospital at the point when he realised that he had not quite ‘done enough with his life’. Scarred4life is now the official UK fundraising society for both charities.
At the same time, the former nightclub owner, restaurateur and taxi driver, had also launched himself into a ‘second life’ with a new career as a full-time university student, taking a Foundation course in Life Sciences at Anglia Ruskin University before progressing to start a degree in Zoology.
His course tutor, Deborah Clements, explains how the Foundation year in Life Sciences at Anglia Ruskin University is specially designed to give students a new start in life.
Karl’s wife, Sally, a languages graduate, also from Anglia Ruskin University, is from Morocco. The owner of a taxi business in Cambridge, she has helped to plan the fundraising trips and to select the chosen charities.
Talking about his recovery from MSRA, Karl said:
The two charities to benefit from this fund-raising rally are the East African Wildlife Society in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zanzibar, which works to promote the conservation and of East Africa’s wildlife and the environment; and La Creche de Tanger, an orphanage for babies in Morocco, which relies solely on the generosity of the few supporters.
Karl Scarr will be raising money in the build up to the 2009 trip by visiting shopping venues throughout the region during the summer months. He will be in Basildon, Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Colchester, Ely, Southend, and outdoor events like the AquaFest and the summer country shows.
Sponsors of the trip include Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge Evening News, Star 107, Select Telecom, Select Car Kits, Ambient Graphics, Sea France, Next Generation Health Clubs, Ambassador Lodge Hotel, Eye Care Ltd.
A film producer from Shepperton Film Studios is going to film the Rally for a documentary he is currently working on. His interest in the trip involves the fact that he adopted a baby boy from the Moroccan orphanage last year and is going back to La Creche de Tanger in 2009 to collect a second young son. The producer has entered a camera car with a presenter and has some celebrities entering and helping with publicity to alert people to the plight of these young children.
Anyone who wants to donate money to these charities or join the rally can contact Karl Scarr on 07799 140988; email firstname.lastname@example.org.