On 1st May 2019, Dave Cassidy, Anthony Baker, Gareth Rose, Daren Lee, Hugh Lloyd, Lee Edwards and three Mini Cooper S cars left Cannock in Staffordshire to drive to Hisarönü in Fethiye, Turkey (and back) to raise money for two charities.

In the UK they are raising money for the Queen Elizabeth hospital after Dave’s father-in-law, Peter Garnett recently underwent six months worth of chemotherapy on Ward 621.

3 Minis go to Turkey - 5000 miles, 13 countries, 10 days and 2 charities
On 1st May, he team set off on their journey from Cannock and made a very special stop off at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham before continuing their journey.

In Turkey, they are raising money for Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) where the money raised will be used to help cancer patients in Fethiye receive life saving treatment.,

After an eventful journey and a pitstop at Gustorante Restaurant in Çalış, they arrived at Abrahkebebrah in Hisarönü at 7:30pm on Sunday 5th May to a rousing, cheer filled welcome from family, friends, locals and holidaymakers who stopped by to see what was going on.

Halfway there

Dave and the team are now at the halfway mark and have covered 2500 miles and 13 countries, England, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Switzerland and Turkey. What an incredible journey.

If you’ve been following the live feed on the 3 Minis go to Turkey Facebook page you’ll know the journey has been eventful with a missed ferry and a snag at the Turkish border that almost stopped the guys from travelling any further. Almost, but not quite!

Meeting the Fethiye Governor

Yesterday, Dave and the team were invited to meet with the Fethiye Governor, Muzaffer Şahiner, who has been following the progress of the Minis with interest. The Governor is also the Head of FETAV, the governing body of Yaşam İçin Yarış so had more than one reason for wanting to meet the team.

The Minis caused quite a stir amongst passers by as they waited for the barrier to rise and let them into the car park at the Governors office building.

3 Minis go to Turkey - 5000 miles, 13 countries, 10 days and 2 charities
The Minis had a few stares whilst waiting patiently for the barrier to be opened at the Governors office

Once inside, the Minis were parked to show them to their best advantage, introductions were made, flowers and certificates were presented and the Governor gave his sincere thanks to Dave and the team for their support for Fethiye and Yaşam İçin Yarış.

3 Minis go to Turkey - 5000 miles, 13 countries, 10 days and 2 charities

Photographs were taken with the Minis and the Governor was that taken with the red Mini, we thought he may offer to drive it back to the UK.

3 Minis go to Turkey - 5000 miles, 13 countries, 10 days and 2 charities
The ‘A’ Team (or maybe that should be the ‘M’ team). Left to right: Daren Lee, Lee Edwards, Hugh Lloyd, Gareth Rose, Antony Baker and Dave Cassidy
3 Minis go to Turkey - 5000 miles, 13 countries, 10 days and 2 charities
Dave talking to the Governor about the trip
3 Minis go to Turkey - 5000 miles, 13 countries, 10 days and 2 charities
The Governor presented flowers and certificates to the team
3 Minis go to Turkey - 5000 miles, 13 countries, 10 days and 2 charities
The ‘M’ team and members of team Yaşam İçin Yarış
3 Minis go to Turkey - 5000 miles, 13 countries, 10 days and 2 charities
Dave with Fethiye Governor, Muzaffer Şahiner
3 Minis go to Turkey - 5000 miles, 13 countries, 10 days and 2 charities
The Governor was definitely taken with the red Mini
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A photo opportunity not to be missed

The ceremony was followed by a very relaxed half an hour with the Governor in his office during which everyone drank çay and the Governor talked about Fethiye and chatted with Dave and the team.

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The Governor chatting to the group about Kayaköy

The Minis were last seen disappearing round the one way system in Fethiye …but they’re here until Friday so keep an eye out for them

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The Minis – last seen disappearing round the one way system in Fethiye

A fantastic achievement

Dave, Anthony, Gareth, Daren, Hugh and Lee have raised over £7,000 for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and over 18,000 TL for Yaşam İçin Yarış. What a fantastic achievement!.

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