Ready to ride the rickshaw across India
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.