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Car Rally Races to Romania to Help Children with deafblindness

10 May 2016

On May 15, fifteen participants from across the country, will battle it out in a car rally to Romania to raise over £20,000 for deafblind charity, Sense International.

The ‘Drive for Sense International’ challenge will see seven different cars tackle a 1,500 mile journey from London to Bucharest, via France, Belgium, Germany and Hungary.

For the challenge, each team must make the journey in a car that costs a maximum of £500 and each of the cars will be uniquely decorated in different play themes, including football and basketball.

The seven cars which, in addition the money being raised, will be carrying a range of specialist sensory toys and games for children with deafblindness, are due to arrive on the 20th May. Upon arrival, they will personally visit a number of Romanian schools for children with deafblindness, where they will get to meet some of the children who have benefited from the work Sense International has carried out there.

The trip is being led by Sense International Trustee, Dean Lumer, who will be joined in the challenge by Dave and Daniel Lumer, Ken Marsterson, Ed Lott, Dan Sharp, James Hockley, Simon Pilkington, Rich Willcocks, Steve Daniel, John Blowers, Gary Slade, James Strevens, Chris Williams-Ellis and Mike Umfreville.

Dean Lumer, Sense International Trustee, said:

“I can’t wait to set off for Sense International and a cause close to my heart. Although a fairly small charity, Sense International has a big impact, supporting local partners to provide vital medical and educational support. Children learn to communicate, to develop self-care skills and receive an education. Rather than being isolated and excluded they can live, learn and thrive as valued human beings. Every penny of the £20,000 we hope to raise will go towards giving a chance in life to children with deafblindness.”

Cristiana Salomie, Sense International Romania Director, said:

“For the past 15 years, Sense International Romania has made a difference in the life of people with deafblindness. When we started, there wasn’t even a word for deafblindness (surdocecitate) in the Romanian language.

Now, deafblindness is recognised as a distinct disability by legislation, and children with deafblindness and multisensory impairments have access to high quality early intervention, education and vocational services, created by Sense International Romania in partnership with the state authorities.

“We are thrilled to be the final destination of the ‘Drive for Sense International’ challenge. This huge effort will lead to children with deafblindness in Romania being provided with better opportunities in life.”

You can learn more about the expedition and make a donation at:


First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Friday 6 December 2019