(Video // Gavin Banks at Good Eye Deer, Edited // Oscar Strangio)
On September 9th, 2012 we are going to drive the most inappropriate vehicle over 3000 kms across India to raise money for charity. Oh, we’re also doing it for the glory.
What is the Rickshaw Run?
Organized by The Adventurists, The Rickshaw Run is a perilous trek across India in a 3 wheeled auto-rickshaw. There is no support or backup, but there is plenty of glory to be had. The Decapod Riders are one of more than 70 teams meeting on the Eastern side of Bangladesh in town called Shilong and tearing our way across the sub-continent to Jaisalmer. The trek will be epic.
But so is our possibility to do something good for someone else.
From their site:
Imagine the quietest, fastest, safest all-terrain vehicle in the world…Now imagine the opposite. Three wheels, half a horse power and more fun than any other vehicle on planet earth, the humble Rickshaw is undoubtedly the ultimate long distance, off-road machine. Despite being designed for short distances on road.
Now imagine the bliss of trying to get this untrusty steed over the Himalayas or across the Rajasthan desert. This then is the Rickshaw Run; an unsupported maniac of an adventure which wobbles over thousands of miles of ridiculous terrain. Probably the stupidest and the best thing you could possibly do with two weeks.
The Rickshaw Run currently thunders forth three times a year. Each edition has it’s own Un-Route and distinct flavour, but all are just as ridiculous as each other. There’s one at New Year, one in the Spring and the last one in Autumn.
Set route? No. Backup? No. Support? No. Adventure? Yes.
Who are these Adventurist people?
In the past 8 years, The Adventurists have raised over $5.5 million USD for charity. They’ve done this by organizing rides from London to Mongolia, across India, through Southeast Asia, in Peru, and most recently to the only town located in the Arctic circle. The Ice Run is over 1000 kms through Siberia on a motorbike with a sidecar. It’s totally and completely insane.
By finding people crazy enough to pull off these rides, they’ve managed to help charities all over the world and get teams into situations they will never forget. We jumped at the chance to take on India.
This is either the best or the worst vehicle to try to get across India in, it depends on how you want to look at it. The Rickshaw is an icon of India and honestly, anyone can drive almost anywhere in a Range Rover. Try taking one of the wheels off, getting rid of the doors, and replacing the engine with a John Deere riding mower.
Where is my money going?
The World Bicycle Relief
Started by the co-founder of SRAM, they not only provide bicycles to impoverished communities in Africa, they set up microfinancing opportunities, train mechanics, help budding entrepreneurs and overall they use the awesome power of the bike to make people’s lives better.
Frank Water provides clean water solutions in rural India. They are a small Bristol based team of ethical entrepreneurs, researchers and field workers that funds sustainable clean water projects in developing countries across the world. Since they started in 2005 they have funded 70 village projects.
We’re asking everyone to donate anything they can obviously. If you’ve got $28 bucks then click the link and send it to our charities. Any and all of your support is greatly appreciated. One of our team members is turning 28 on the 28th of August, and 28 28 DN8 does have a great ring to it. To commemorate and launch our insane trek, we’re throwing a huge party in Mumbai.
Now for another important piece of this puzzle. It’s great to help people, it’s great to do it by adventure, and it’s great to do it with a party. We’ve got them scheduled all over the globe and hope you can make any or all of them!
When: December 28th, 2011
How Much: $15 AUD for ticket and a free Kwencher Beer
Total Raised: $800 AUD
Bang Bang Bollywood at Spices
When: March 31st
How Much: 250 RMB for buffet, open bar, and party
When: April TBD
Where: Shanghai Tattoo // Shanghai, China
When: June TBD
Where: TBD // Melbourne, Australia
Decapod Alleycat Race
When: July TBD
Where: TBD // Ningbo, China
When: August 28th, 2012
Where: TBD // Mumbai, India
If you can make it to a party, head over, do something good for the world and rock out at the same time. If you’re unable to make it, be sure to follow us on this site and facebook and once again Donations are accepted here. Just click the link on the top right that says, “DN8 HERE.”
Thanks to everyone for their support so far, check out our sponsors and collaborators page for details about all these excellent people.
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