Going Beyond South America to Support Youth! 22 October 2022


Day 10 of the Rally

With the campaign initiated by Ahmet Şefik Öngün, the Chairman of Gantek Technology, to support the needs of the youth, Community Volunteer  and German Businessman Gerd Buhler is surpassing miles in the South America Rally. Aimed at covering 4 countries and traveling 12,000 km in 30 days, Buhler will support the education of young people through the campaign initiated by Öngün.

Classic car enthusiast and Community Volunteer  Ahmet Şefik Öngün had planned to participate in the South America Rally to support the needs of young people, but due to a technical issue encountered by Öngün, German Businessman Gerd Buhler is continuing the journey. Leading the campaign from Istanbul and taking over the baton on October 22nd from Peru, Gerd Buhler will raise donations on behalf of the Community Volunteers Foundation (TOG) by drawing attention to the needs of young people in this challenging race covering 12,000 kilometers with 45 participating vehicles. The rally will conclude on November 20th in Ushuaia, Argentina.

On the 10th day of the rally, Buhler covered 2,500 km, continuing to race amidst the unique nature of South America, accompanied by llamas and alpacas. Of course, challenges await him on the road. Teams struggled to progress in Peru due to student protests against the university, and in Bolivia, they waited for nearly 6 hours to cross the border. However, Buhler's greatest motivation is to contribute to providing four years of scholarship support to 200 university students and enabling young people to receive social responsibility education through the campaign initiated by his friend Ahmet Şefik Öngün.

59.3% of young people need scholarship support

According to the University Youth Needs Survey conducted by the Community Volunteers Foundation (TOG)  in 2022, which has been creating opportunities for young people for 20 years, providing scholarships and mentorship programs to empower them and contribute to the realization of social responsibility projects, 59.3% of young people say, "I need scholarship support." Starting from this need, Community Volunteer Ahmet Şefik Öngün aims to support young people to get closer to their education and empower them with the donations collected. With the campaign, embodied by the slogan "Give Way to Education," and with corporate supporters including Garanti BBVA, Godiva, Şişecam, and Yapı Kredi, Öngün aims to enable 200 university students to benefit from scholarship support for four years and to contribute to strengthening young people through social responsibility education to carry out projects that create social benefits.

South America Rally Donation Campaign: https://fonzip.com/tog/egitime-yol-verin