The Slow Road to India Challenge
The Rickshaw Challenge is a proud supporter of ‘the slow road to India challenge’: In these days of international travel, a journey from Nottingham to India doesn’t seem that remarkable. But when that journey involves three men crammed into a tiny rickshaw and driving nearly 6,000 miles at 20mph, it’s something of a challenge.
Sanjay Sharma, Mukesh Kashyap, Kelham Osborne will be driving from Nottingham to New Delhi in a Bajaj auto rickshaw, or tuk-tuk.
They came up with the idea of the charity road-trip after Kelham’s father, Keith, died of lung cancer in 2009. They hope to raise around £20,000 for Nottingham University Hospitals’ Oncology Unit, based at City Hospital, as well as Cancer Research UK, the Ganga Prem Hospice and Apnalaya in India.
The team will leave from Nottingham’s Council House on the eighth chime of 8am on July 14 — and will be waved on their way by the Lord Mayor of Nottingham. The team will travel through France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Iran and United Arab Emirates before taking a ferry to India and ending up in Mumbai.
Along the way, they’ll be camping and staying with friends, with occasional nights in cheap hotels. After a well-earned rest, the team will tackle the final leg of the journey. The whole trip is expected to take around five to six weeks.
Their tuk-tuk was customised by four engineering students from the University of Nottingham and will contribute up a third of the marks towards their degree.