Rickshaw Run to kick-off from Shillong on Sunday

By Our Reporter

Event manager of the Autorickshaw run Matthew Dickens along with SPC president David Laithphlang addresses a press conference on Wednesday. (ST)

Event manager of the Autorickshaw run Matthew Dickens along with SPC president David Laithphlang addresses a press conference on Wednesday. (ST)

SHILLONG: Rickshaw Run, an auto rickshaw race organized by a UK-based adventure company, has come to Shillong once again.

The ‘adventure with charity in mind’ race would be kicked-off from Shillong on Sunday and will end at Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, two weeks later.

This year altogether 79 teams with 200 participants from diverse corner of the globe would be preparing to drive their three-wheelers across the Indian sub-continent.

“This run will surely be one of the most toughest adventures in the world as the trip on three-wheeled auto rickshaws is one of a kind fortnight adventure of mud, sweat, mountains, jungles, deserts and possibly through the worst roads in the world,” event manager Matthew Dickens said while taking to newsmen here on Tuesday.

With funds raising totals steadily rising every year, Dickens said that the event’s charity angle seems to be further re-enforced.

“Each team on the run raised at least 1000 British Pounds for charity, half of which would go to the official charity – Cool Earth, which takes incredible rainforest across the globe. In fact, each edition of the rickshaw run saves more than 1,50,000 trees in some of the most endangered rainforests in the world through charitable donations,” he said.

Dickens informed that the rickshaw run has now raised over 1,000,000 pounds for the official charities alone since its humble beginning in December 2006.

The participants of the auto rickshaw race would be playing a friendly football match with the Shillong Press Club on Saturday.