by STACEY HEANEY
Philip Lusty, who will he taking on a 'Top
Gear' Challenge to raise funds for Romanian children.
TWO local men have set themselves a Top Gear style Challenge
with a difference, as they set off across Ireland this weekend
in an old car to raise funds for The Smiles Foundation.
Aghalee GP Philip Lusty, and pal Phillip
Cardy, will be taking on a challenge to rival the antics of
Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond from the popular TV series,
as they begin their journey tomorrow (Saturday).
The pair challenged themselves to purchase a car for less
than £300 and drive the vehicle, which has to be fully
roadworthy, to Cork and back, a return trip of over 800
Philip Lusty explained, "Originally this
wasn't my idea, a friend had suggested buying a car and taking
on a Top Gear style challenge. It was just a bunch of boys up
for a laugh but we said we would do it, but we would do it for
"I've never raised funds for anything before
but I thought it would be a good idea, especially coming up to
Christmas as these children will be in homes.
"My friend Thomas, who is a doctor, and his
girlfriend have been out in Romania and have been telling me
about it so I wanted to do something to help."
pair, who purchased a 1989 Fiat Panda 750 cc (pictured left) for
£220 under the rules of the challenge, will meet with several
other cars tonight and begin their journey, which they hope will
see them back in Lisburn on Sunday evening.
The Smiles Foundation is a charity working in
North West Romania to help those living in desperate poverty.
Anyone who would like to support the pair's
challenge can do so by going to the website
www.justgiving.com and sending a donation which will go
directly to the Smiles Foundation.