Wednesday 14 November 2012
Mike Perham nears end of ShelterBox world driveMike Perham with his Spaceships Campervan.
British record-breaking adventurer Mike Perham has nearly completed his epic drive around the world in aid of ShelterBox.
The 20-year-old returns to the UK on 3 December after completing leg two of his triple world-record attempt to become the first person to circumnavigate the globe by land, sea and air.
Mike has been on the road since July, travelling through Europe, Russia, Mongolia, China, Laos, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and USA. Five months later, he is almost back on British soil.
The adventure-seeker has navigated his way along diverse terrain in a Spaceships Campervan - a specially adapted Toyota Previa - with no support vehicles. For every mile (1.6 kilometres) he has driven, at least £1 (US$1.60) has been donated to ShelterBox.
'Before I set off to drive around the world, I spent a couple of weeks with the Spaceships mechanic Jose learning about all the ins and outs of my vehicle, so if I do break down, I'll have to fix it myself,' commented Mike.
On his 23,000 mile (37,015 kilometres) drive, Mike has made special stop-offs at six countries, including Thailand, China and New Zealand, where ShelterBox has responded in the aftermath of a disaster.
'The scariest part of my trip so far has been driving on cliff edge roads in southern China on my way to the Laos border,' said Mike 'There are no crash barriers here and if you make a mistake on these roads it will definitely be your last.'
Tim Bunting, ShelterBox General Manager, said: 'Mike is an inspirational young man and he has helped raise more awareness of the work ShelterBox does in disaster struck countries. I wish him all the best as he returns to the UK.'
Mike first hit the headlines in 2009 when he became the youngest person to sail around the world. He is studying Television production at Southampton Solent University.
To support Mike's cause for ShelterBox, you can donate here