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BRISTOL GUY MATTHEW JOHN HELPS
RAISE OVER £250,000 FOR CHARITY RALLIES.
WOBURN SAFARI PARK CHARITY EVENT MADE OVER £50,000.
“GOHELP” MONGOLIA CHARITY RALLY.
On 10 July 2010 at 10.00am, 40 teams set off on an ambitious journey from Woburn Safari Park, near Milton Keynes, on the official launch of the 2010 Mongolia Charity Rally. The journey entails a 10,000 mile drive taking approximately six weeks and gruelling terrain which includes five mountain ranges, two deserts and the vast Eurasian steppes along the way, finally ending at Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar. The Mongolia Charity Rally is co-ordinated by Go Help, a UK registered charity, run entirely by volunteers.
Matthew John: 31 years old, of Olympus Productions, studied at Bristol UWE, before working in the independent and commercial film sector. Specialising in areas of finance, marketing and pr. Matthew John became a dynamic member of Charity Rally, team when he joined forces with David Griffiths and Stephen Edwards, three years ago. Helping the charity raise over £250,000.
Matthew John quotes:
“Hosting the launch at the Woburn Safari Park was amazing. It gave Rally members families/friends and Press a small insight into what the rally drivers will see on their adventures. But they get to see all the foreign wildlife in their natural environment. I am very jealous. This event alone has raised over £50,000 so far. And with each and every event, we seem to be raise more and more. Over the last three years we have raised over £250,000. Aiding causes across the world, from Mongolia, Cambodia and Tajikistan. Being part of the Charity Rallies team is also a fantastic experience. You get to make so many new friends, and have such amazing experiences. The friendships and memory will stay with me for life.”
“Every Rally is unique. The adventures and experiences just seem to get better and better with Rally. The Mongolia Rally was very much a landmark launch for me. It was one of our most largest and successful events. It gave everyone that was sense a sense of new worlds which the rally members would be driving though”
“I never thought when we started this, that we would be able to raise over £250,000 with such a crazy idea. It is amazing, as everyone benefits.”
“Today, I spent some of the day talking to family/friends of the rally members, and it brought to light, how the effects of this charity ripple, not only though people in Mongolia and the drivers, but also though others. Family and friends that have helped members raise money, repay cars, assist with visa’s.
There was many a proud parent in the crowd today. And many friends, said their friends had been empowered/inspired/ not too sure what to call it, within the pre-planning stages of the Rally. If the pre-planning had given them so much fulfilment, I can’t wait till there come back from their adventures. Today has just been a fantastic day, on every level.”
Mongolia Charity Rally.
This year funds will be used to assist vulnerable nomadic herding families who have lost much or all of their livestock as a result of last winter’s severe weather which affected much of Mongolia.
Since the first Mongolia Charity Rally in 2008, Go Help has raised over £250,000 for good causes in Mongolia. Past and current projects include a new centre for street children and a Rehabilitation and Education Centre for Children with disabilities. To date, over 50 vehicles including fully fitted emergency ambulances have been donated.
- The 2010 Mongolia Charity Rally involves teams driving from Central London to the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar by any route possible The length of the drive is approximately 10,000 miles, and takes around six weeks. Teams are required to raise a minimum of £1,500 to support Go Help projects in Mongolia, but can also raise funds for a second charity of their choice if they wish. All vehicles that make it to the finishing line are auctioned to raise money for Go Help projects or are donated to suitable hospitals, orphanages, NGOs and other similar organisations.
- The Mongolia Charity Rally’s fundraising focus for 2010 is Dzud Relief, supporting vulnerable nomadic herding families who have lost their only source of income through exceptionally severe winter weather (or ‘dzud’). The 2009-10 dzud killed 1.7 million head of livestock and left tens of thousands of families facing food shortages. The first Mongolia Charity Rally took place in 2008. Since then over £250,000 has been raised to date, and over 50 vehicles donated to worthy causes in Mongolia.
- Go Help has worked particularly closely with Save the Children, supporting major project including the National Rehabilitation and Education Centre for Children with Disabilities in Ulaanbaatar in 2008 and a Kazakh-language education programme for minority children in the far west of Mongolia in 2009. In April 2010, Go Help donated £50,000 to Save the Children to provide support to vulnerable children through Save the Children’s drop in centre for street children.
- Go Help is a UK charity which has as its core mission raising funds from charity events, specifically charity rallies. In addition to the Mongolia Charity Rally, Go Help also manages the Roof of the World rally, and the Mad Tuk Tuk Challenge was launched in April 2010. Go Help is the only operator of non-profit making charity rallies in the UK, and all the money raised by the teams goes directly to the chosen charities.
M A R C L A U R E N T
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I grew up in Belgium in the province of Namur until the age of 18. I’ve always know I was born to act. When I was still a little boy I used to make plays for my family, when I was a bit older but still a child I acted to myself scenes of films I had seen. I started taking drama lessons at the age of 16. When I turned 18 I moved to England to learn English and do some more acting. The school I went to was SWADA (Bristol). At the end of this year I got cast in the film shank to play Olivier, a French gay boy who comes to the U.K. At the age of 20 I moved back to my country and went to drama school in Bruxelles (Parallax) where I had vocal training, Stanislavski training… etc. Then at the age of 21 I went to Swada to get the HND acting diploma… and I’m about to start a Jacques Lecoq training in Paris.
Marc Laurent stars in Gay Movie “Shank”
Marc Laurent plays one of the lead roles (Olivier) in the newly released Bristol based, gay film called “Shank”.
“Shank” has won the award for the “Best Director” at the “Miami Film
Festival” and the “Audience Award” at the “Barcelona Film Festival”
Marc grew up in Belgium in the province of Namur until the age of 18. He started taking drama lessons at the age of 16 and when he turned 18 he moved to England to learn English and do some acting. He trained at SWADA (Bristol) and at the end of this year he got cast as he lead role in the film “Shank”.
At the age of 20 he moved back to his country and attended a drama school in Bruelles (Parallax) where he had vocal and Stanislavski training. Then at the age of 21 he went back to Swada to get the HND acting diploma… and is now about to start a Jacques Lecoq training in Paris.
A film written by Darren Flaxstone and Christian Martin
Directed by Simon Pearce.
Worlds collide as the lives of Cal and Olivier intersect in SHANK, a gritty coming of age/rites of passage drama.
Cal, an 18 year old Scally lad and gang member has nothing in his life except drugs, sex, random acts of violence and a secret that he keeps hidden from his mates. An online hook up for sex with a stranger, Scott (36), temporarily satisfies but fails to dampen his unspoken desires for his best mate, Jonno. Nessa, their twisted, foul-mouthed and controlling, de facto gang leader, suspects that there is something going on between them but she can’t put her finger on it. Jonno, putty in Nessa’a hands, can’t express his own deep rooted and unrequited attachment to Cal. Manipulating situations that bring her closer to having her suspicions confirmed, Nessa sets out about dividing loyalties and encouraging conflict.
For no good reason an innocent student, Olivier (19), falls victim to one of her plans and is mugged on her orders by the gang. Cal steps in to restrain them and creates a distraction allowing Olivier to run free. Ignoring Nessa’s screams of contempt, he chases after him and offers him a lift by way of an apology. Fearing that the fall-out from Nessa for his actions will be harsh, Cal persuades Olivier to help him out. Seizing the moral high ground and sensing that there was something more to Cal’s good samaritan act, Olivier allows Cal to stay with him for a few days.
Acting on his own attraction to Cal, Olivier seduces him and in doing so, exposes Cal to new emotions and a tenderness that he has never experienced before. Very soon they are overtaken by the embrace of the first flush of love.
Nessa can’t contain her rage for Cal’s disloyalty to the gang and sets about hunting him down, intent on destroying him once and for all. With her gang in tow and Jonno tightly wound up, she kidnaps Olivier, taunting Cal with video messages via her mobile phone, to come and save his boyfriend.
Arriving at the abandoned factory where they are all waiting for him, Cal squares up to Nessa and Jonno. As the showdown unfolds, Nessa loses all control of events and Jonno explodes in act of sexual aggression that leaves
no one unscathed and everyone traumatized. Shocked by what she has witnessed, Nessa realizes she will now never be able to break the bond between Cal and Olivier.
Marc Laurent plays the character of Olivier:
Olivier is a French student, studying English at a Bristol college. A cheeky and mischievous “out and proud” young gay man, from a wealthy family. He is a handsome, youthful and cocky young man, very much a Casanova within his
gay social circle. Then his life dramatically changes when he falls in love with Call, an 18 year old Scally lad, gang member who is wrapped up in a his life of drugs, and gang violence.
Photos of Marc Laurent are attached.
Productions stills are taken by Christian Martin & Karel polt.
Miscellaneous are taken by myself, Matthew John.
Marc is open for interviews to help promote the movie.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
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I would like to make a special thankyou to Matthew John from Olympus Productions Limited. For all the help and support with my acting career, websites, press, contacts, everything. I am extrmely grateful. You are a superstar.
I hope 2010 is the start of your own film . Perfect Woman.
I wish you and everyone at
all my support.