Driven to help the poorest orphans

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A crazy challenge to drive a family hatchback across 25 countries has changed the lives of orphans in Nepal.

Newport Pagnell adventurer Richard Meredith accepted a dare from a car manufacvturer to drive from Luton to South Korea.

General Motors, now Chevrolet, wanted to prove the reliability of their Daewoo Kalos.

But Richard himself had a different agenda.

He agreed to complete the challenge, even driving through war-torn Afghanistan, providing GM promised to fund a new orphanage in Nepal for the world’s poorest children.

This week, a decade after his 19,000km trek, Richard is visiting Nepal to celebrate that orphange’s tenth birthday.

The original GM funded scheme for seven destitute youngsters has been extended into 14 houses and an orphanage school.

From Nepal, Richard said: “With so much of the world in apparent conflict and disharmony it was simply the most heart-warming thing to see these children, who have so little, and have suffered so much, now finding themselves in a place where they can be happy and safe again.”