India next for global tuk-tuk trip

17th Apr 2013

India is the next stop for two teachers attempting to conquer the world in an open-sided, three-wheeled 395cc rickshaw.

Surrey-based Nick Gough and Rich Sears are making their private journeys around the globe powered only by a tiny tuk-tuk's lawnmower-sized engine.

This is in a bid to raise worldwide education awareness.

They've already ticked South Africa, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Malawi, Botswana and Namibia off their list after setting off from London eight months ago.

The tuk-tuk - which can reach a top speed of 34mph downhill - is being shipped from South Africa's Cape of Good Hope to Mumbai, from where they hope to progress across Asia and around the Americas.

The pair want to heighten awareness of grassroots projects in parts of the world where there is poor access to education.

Their philanthropic trekking trip is taking in school visits along the way to examine requirements and invite sponsors to their charity Tuk-Tuk Travels.

The charity has received high-profile support from explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley.

Sir Ranulph said: "Tuk Tuk Travels is a unique adventure through some of the most challenging and diverse environments, cultures and countries on the planet."

Lumley described the charity as "inspired lunacy with a heart of gold and the mind of Aristotle".

Rich Sears said the world's leaders have made a pledge to achieving universal primary education by 2015.

He added, however: "Over 61 million primary-aged children worldwide still lack access to any form of education."

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