Three friends hope to raise £2k in tuk tuk ride across India
PUBLISHED: 12:00 23 October 2018
Three friends from Nailsea are planning to drive the length of India in a tuk tuk to raise money for four charities.
Rob Kingston, Ed Sutch and Ryan Havill have signed up to the Rickshaw Run in April next year and they are hoping to complete 3,000km in two weeks.
The trio will face sweltering temperatures in a rickety three-wheeler, with no route to follow and no back-up help.
The friends are hoping to raise £2,000 to split between Cancer Research UK, CLIC Sargent, the Alzheimer’s Society and Cool Earth.
Speaking about their unusual quest, Ed said: “For years the three of us have spoken about this sort of idea, and we didn’t want it to be another ‘if only’ moment. We have our reasons for doing this and I am just hoping we can raise a decent chunk of cash for four great causes.
“All air fares, costs, food, fuel, spare engines, the lot will be out of our pocket – so anything you can donate will be divided equally between the four charities.”
The trio will start their journey in the north west corner of India, in Jaisalmer, and will finish the run 14 days later in Kochi.
Rob said: “It should be fun, memorable, a laugh, two weeks off work – but in reality the main reason, to raise some money.
“We have all directly had our lives affected by at least one of the causes we are looking to raise money for. We won’t change the world with our donation but we can certainly feel that we are doing our bit.”
The summary of the challenge on the Rickshaw Race’s website states: “No set route, no back-up, no way of knowing if you’re going to make it.
“The only certainty is that you will get lost, you will get stuck, you will break down and you will help save a bit of the world.
“It’s just you and your mates in a wholly unsuitable vehicle, traversing the subcontinent, enduring whatever the road throws at you.”
The trio have known each other for more than 12 years and they are willing to complete challenges for donations.
Rob said: “We’re more than happy to take requests in return for donations. These may involve pushing the physical dynamics of the body and tuk tuk, in return for hefty donations to charity.”
To sponsor them, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/TheGreatBritishTukOff