An epic ad­ven­ture to re­mem­ber

Marlborough Midweek - - OUT & ABOUT - PAULA HULBURT

It has a sin­gle cylin­der en­gine and goes a top speed of 80kmh, but a former Blen­heim woman is hop­ing her rick­ety rick­shaw can take her safely across In­dia.

Denelle MacDon­ald, 24, has joined forces with two team-mates to travel across In­dia in a ‘‘glo­ri­fied lawn­mower’’ called Fa­tima.

The in­trepid ex­plor­ers hope to com­plete the 3500km Rick­shaw Run to raise money for the Can­cer So­ci­ety Marl­bor­ough, while avoid­ing the coun­try’s 45 mil­lion cows and 30,000 ele­phants.

White­haven Wines, in Marl­bor­ough, is spon­sor­ing the team who be­gan their epic ad­ven­ture last week.

Run by an or­gan­i­sa­tion called The Ad­ven­tur­ists, the an­nual race re­quires par­tic­i­pants to travel from Kochin in South In­dia to Jaisalmer in the north on a 2-stroke, seven horse power rick­shaw.

Dani, 24, who is based in Dubai af­ter a stint in Lon­don, says the

‘‘ ... this is surely go­ing to be one hell of an ad­ven­ture and it's all for a good cause. ’’

idea was to have an ad­ven­ture while rais­ing money for char­ity.

‘‘There will be plenty of chal­lenges head­ing our way and we have no doubt we will be curs- ing our­selves for com­ing up with this crazy idea in the first place but this is surely go­ing to be one hell of an ad­ven­ture and it’s all for a good cause,’’ she says.

The Rick­shaw Run, in its 11th year, at­tracts peo­ple from the across the globe. There is no set route, no back-up and no sup­port, just a start­ing line and fin­ish­ing line. The rick­shaws are renowned for break­ing down.

Dani says she is not sure how use­ful she will be but is pre­pared to give it her best shot.

‘‘I like clean toi­lets, get­ting my nails done and an oc­ca­sional nice glass of wine.

‘‘I don’t like spicy food or pretty much any­thing that we will eat on this trip and I’ve no ex­pe­ri­ence of rough­ing it. My ge­o­graph­i­cal knowl­edge is lim­ited as I thought Qatar was in Africa.’’

The team is also sup­port­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal char­ity, Cool Earth. All en­trants must get to Jaisalmer by Au­gust 27.

For more, givealit­tle.co.nz.

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Blen­heim woman Denelle MacDon­ald, 24, front, and team­mates with their rick­shaw Fa­tima.

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