Ready to ride the rick­shaw across In­dia

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By TALIA CARLISLE

Welling­ton busi­ness­woman Jen Tru­man will race 3500 kilo­me­tres across In­dia next year to raise money for the World Wildlife Fund.

She and three Amer­i­can team-mates are tak­ing part in The Rick­shaw Run, a two-week race from In­dia’s Thar Desert to Cochin in a three-wheeled mo­to­taxi.

With­out any planned route, the team, called Here To­day, Gandhi ’Mor­row, will rely on their com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and limited me­chan­i­cal skills to nav­i­gate.

Miss Tru­man is ded­i­cat­ing the trip to her fa­ther, Brian.

‘‘ Dad is an en­gi­neer and al­ways wanted me to learn me­chan­i­cal skills, so when I told him I was go­ing to drive a rick­shaw across In­dia he thought it was absolutely hi­lar­i­ous and pretty bril­liant. He’s re­ally back­ing me.’’

Miss Tru­man met her team-mates through an in­ter­na­tional stu­dent vol­un­teer pro­gramme last year. They stayed in touch and de­cided to do the Rick­shaw Run for an ad­ven­ture.

The team mem­bers must raise $650 each to cover their en­try fee, and to­gether raise at least $2000 for a char­ity of their choice.

‘‘It’s just a re­ally, re­ally awe­some way to have an ad­ven­ture and do some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent, and also do it for a good cause,’’ she said.

‘‘It’ll prob­a­bly be a bit of a shock to the sys­tem be­cause we’ll be liv­ing out of our rick­shaw. And be­cause of the way peo­ple live over there, it’s go­ing to be an eye-open­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘None of us have any idea what to ex­pect. There’s not re­ally any road rules so when you’re in a place with traf­fic, [you have to] watch out for ve­hi­cles that are big­ger than you.’’

She said the group would meet in Delhi be­fore the race and travel to the start­ing line to­gether.

Be­fore then she must raise about $4000 for the trip, in­clud­ing the cost of flights, vac­ci­na­tions, visas, and food and petrol.

They are hop­ing to raise $5000 for World Wildlife Fund and are ap­peal­ing for cor­po­rate spon­sor­ship.

To do­nate, visit their face­book page HERE­to­dayGANDHI­mor­row.

An­i­mal ad­ven­ture: Welling­to­nian Jen Tru­man is trav­el­ling to In­dia next year to

raise money for World Wildlife Fund.

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