A trio of intrepid local adventurers are set to head to India after the Christmas break to raise money for the charity Cool Earth.
Barry Calderwood from Broughshane, Antrim lady Cathy Gaston, and Amanda Gaston from Ballymoney have formed a team to take part in a 3,500km pan-Indian adventure in a 7 horsepower glorified lawnmower – in other words a motorised Rickshaw!
The group are taking part in the trip to raise money for Cool Earth, a charity that works alongside indigenous villages to halt rain-forest destruction.
Its mission is to develop local livelihoods and end the cycle of deforestation, which entrenches villages into further poverty.
The group have called themselves Team Ewe Only Live Once and will set off on December 28 where they will fly to India and travel from Kochi in Kerala, up the west coast, to Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, in a three-wheeled Rickshaw.
Team Ewe Only Live Once, will risk life and limb to race in January’s Rickshaw Run with the hope to raise £500 between them all.
Commenting on the run, Barry said: “We can’t wait to take part in the run, our flights, visas and diving licenses are sorted and not to mention the dreaded vaccinations, now the countdown begins.
“For the trip itself we have no support, no set route and no accommodation booked, it really is going to be trip not for the faint hearted.
“At the heart of the trip though, it’s all for a great cause and we hope that by taking part in such an adventure we can raise funds for the charity Cool Earth, which aims to make the world a better place.”
The team are funding every part of the trip themselves, with every donation received going to the great cause.
To donate visit the team’s Just Giving page, www.justgiving.com/Amanda-Gaston
Collection boxes for the cause have also been placed in Moore’s of Coleraine.
To find out more about the adventure visit their Facebook page on https://www.facebook.com/eweonlyliveonce/