From 01 - 14 January 2014, Jodie, our Senior International Manager, her twin sister Claire and friend Erica will be riding a motorised rickshaw (a.k.a 'a tuk tuk') 3500km (ish) across India from Jaisalmer, Rajasthan to Cochin, Kerala. There is no fixed route and the ride is completely unsupported.
The Adventurists, the organisers of the Rickshaw Run, say the following -
'(a) 3,500km pan-Indian adventure in a 7 horsepower glorified lawnmower. The Rickshaw Run is easily the least sensible thing to do with two weeks.' So they thought it would be a wonderful way to kick-off 2014!
Jodie and her team are covering all their own participation fees for the run. They are also raising money for Cool Earth (the official charity of the Rickshaw Run), an environmental charity that works in partnership with indigenous communities, and St Christopher's Hospice, which provides palliative care to terminally ill patients in south east London.
As they all now proudly call lovely Peckham their home, their Rickshaw Run will have a decidedly SE15 flavour. Their team name and their rickshaw's paint job honour that other three-wheeler to have emerged from the streets of Peckham: the Robin Reliant of Only Fools and Horses fame.
So, with cries of '(S)he who dares wins', they'll be setting off with less speed and great haste on New Year's Day 2014 from an ancient fort in the desert city of Jaisalmer in a rickshaw painted to resemble a Robin Reliant and dressed up as Del Boy, Rodney and Uncle Albert. Think of them as you're nursing your hangovers or tucking into your roast lunches!
They will certainly look like plonkers, but for those 14 days, the world will be their lobster! So be sure to follow Jodie and co on their blog (thetouringtrotters.com) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/touringtrotters) for regular updates. They'll be posting Instagram photos and news from the journey (as far as their internet connection allows).
When broken down on the side of some dusty Gujarati road, your prayers, crossed fingers/toes, best wishes and support will keep their spirits high.
As they have already raised their target amount for the official Rickshaw Run charity, Cool Earth, they are now concentrating all their efforts on their chosen cause, St Christopher's Hospice.
Jodie's sister, Claire, first encountered St Christopher's while working in the Emergency Department at King's College Hospital. The hospice was established in 1967 by Dame Cecily Saunders to offer expert, compassionate and free end-of-life-care to all, regardless of their background. It now serves a diverse population of 1.5 million people in south east London, reaching some of the UK's most deprived areas.
This article is more just a request for moral support, but if you are feeling generous in this festive season, of course the team would be immensely grateful for any donation you can make. They are covering all their own costs, so every penny you give will go directly to the hospice.You can donate online by clicking on the JustGiving button on the blog - thetouringtrotters.com.
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