Vet­eran ex­pe­d­i­tor, can­cer sur­vivor will drive again

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI - STAFF REPORTER Mumbai

Vet­eran ex­pe­d­i­tor and can­cer sur­vivor Bharu­lata Pa­tel-Kamble will drive again, but this time with her two young chil­dren, aged 13 and 10 years. She will com­mence the ex­pe­di­tion in just over two months af­ter her life-chang­ing can­cer surgery.

Born in Navsari town of Gu­jarat and mar­ried to a sur­geon (urol­o­gist and ro­botic sur­geon) of Ma­ha­rash­trian ori­gin from Ma­had in Raigadh dis­trict, Bharu­lata Pa­tel-Kamble, a mother, a wife, a can­cer sur­vivor, a lawyer, and a for­mer civil ser­vant of the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment, but most of all she is a pas­sion­ate mo­tor­sports ex­pe­d­i­tor.

Bharu­lata is well known for her suc­cess­ful solo drive through the Arctic Cir­cle and 32 coun­tries in 2016. She is the first woman who drove the long­est dis­tance in the Arctic Cir­cle cov­er­ing 2,792 kilo­me­tres in just 39 hours. She drove through 2 con­ti­nents, 32 coun­tries, 12 states of In­dia and a mam­moth dis­tance of 35,383 kilo­me­tres, with­out a backup ve­hi­cle or a backup crew.

This time, the trio (team of mother and kids) will cover 10,000 kilo­me­tres in 20 days through the Arctic cir­cle and 14 coun­tries. This would be the first such ex­pe­di­tion in the world of mother and chil­dren, and the kids will be the first to reach the Arctic ex­pe­di­tion. The trio will hoist the flag of In­dia at Nord­kapp in the Arctic Cir­cle (north­ern most driv­able main­land point).

The ex­pe­di­tion would be 100 per cent plas­tic free and pro­motes ‘Say No To Plas­tic’. The ex­pe­di­tion is also aimed to raise can­cer aware­ness among In­dian fe­males. More­over, it would also pro­mote ‘Save Girls, Ed­u­cate Girls’ (Beti Ba­choa, Beti Pad­hao).

This time though she will drive with her two sons, Bharu­lata is well known for her suc­cess­ful solo drive through the Arctic Cir­cle and 32 coun­tries. Also she is the first woman to drive the long­est dis­tance in the Arctic Cir­cle cov­er­ing 2,792 kilo­me­tres in just 39 hours

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