HEAL fundraisers swap aeroplanes for a rickshaw!

TWO air traffic controllers from the UK will test their passion for adventure to the limit next month when they set off on a 3,500km pan-Indian journey… in a rickshaw!

Samantha Sinclair, from Aberdeen in Scotland and Ian Dickson, from Manchester and a bass player for UK indie band Red Light Effect, will be raising funds for HEAL when they take part in the notorious Rickshaw Run between Shillong and Kochi from August 1-24.

Samantha and Ian, who describes himself as a “highly unskilled Rickshaw driver”, hope to make a detour along their route to pay a visit to one of the HEAL projects so they can see where the money they raise will be spent for the benefit of disadvantaged children.

“We would love to visit HEAL during our time in India,” says keen traveller Samantha. “We will be blogging along the way so people can follow our progress.”

And there should be plenty to report, with the organisers’ notes on the Rickshaw Run website stating: “No set route, no back-up, no way of knowing if you’re going to make it. The only certainty is that you will get lost, you will get stuck and you will break down.”

The ride in a small motorised rickshaw – or tuk-tuk – down the east coast of India from Shillong to Cochin is preceded by a test drive, cricket match, launch ceremony and party before the adventure begins on August 4 and finishes with a parade and another party on August 19.

“The challenge will be to cover roughly 3,500km within three weeks in a glorified lawnmower with a top speed of 30mph,” says Samantha.”The Rickshaw Run consists of around 80 teams travelling the length of India. There is no support, no mechanics, no route, and no rules!

“We are covering 100 per cent of the trip costs ourselves, so all donations will go directly to the two charities we are supporting – HEAL and Cool Earth.

“As this event is in India we wanted to choose a charity based there that would really make a difference and HEAL fit the bill.

“Despite news stories highlighting the growth in India’s economy and the new wealth this is creating, the need to help India’s children is becoming even more important. Child labour is a massive problem in India and in Andhra Pradesh in particular.

“HEAL are committed to expanding over the coming years, with the aim of helping up to 10,000 children escape the poverty trap by 2020. Their aim is to provide Health and Education for All, and our aim is to raise £500 for them.

“Since their beginnings, The Adventurists have helped raise over £5million for a ton of super-worthy causes, so please take the time to donate as every penny helps!”

Read more at: www.theadventurists.com/rickshaw-run; follow the blog from early August at http://tracking.theadventurists.com/#rickshawrun/rickshawrun2016august/more-paneer-dear; donate at the following fundraising page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rickshawrun2016-heal