Here is the article I’m (Olly) getting published in the local papers to generate awareness and raise money for our trip:
Crossing India in an auto rickshaw for charity.
India is already an enthralling country to travel across but when a group of friends from Bournemouth decided to sign up to the ‘Rickshaw Run’, a 3000km journey in an auto-rickshaw, they added some serious spice to the challenge.
Typically used as taxis for short distances, the group of three friends will take their Rickshaw across the breadth of India in two weeks. Dodging stray goats and sharing potholed roads with fearless lorries, it will be a long and exciting ride.
Olly Whittle, a member of the group, admitted ‘we know the trip is going to be really tough but that’s why we signed up’. Olly and his brother spent eight years living in India from the ages of 13 and 11 so will be prepared for some of the likely hazards.
They hope to conduct as much awareness and fundraising for their chosen charities, Frank Water and Patchwork Kids, before they set off in September. If you would like to donate please go to www.justgiving.com/patchworkids/ where the money will be divided between the charities or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.