What on Earth is Rick 'n Roll?

The Rick N Rollers

Only a 2,600km journey across India in a rickshaw, which two City guys will be doing in two weeks this autumn. Crazy? They think so, too.

Mahul Patel, who works for Jefferies Bache Limited and Kieran Chauhan, who works for Shell, will be teamed with a third friend, Hiten Vaghela, for The Rickshaw Run. They are one of about 30 teams competing, all raising funds for the charities of their choice.

The Rickshaw Run is an event organised by the Adventurist Company, which organises adventure trips that raise money for charity.

The challenge is to cross the width of India - covering more than 2600km - without any support, within two weeks. They'll be making the journey in their own three-wheeled, motorised tuk tuk. The vehicle travels at a speed of 35kmph and is most certainly not build for distance.

Their aim is to raise money for the Operation Smile and Frank Water charities. Operation Smile is an international children's charity that provide a free surgical service to those suffering from cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities. Without such services, the parents would be unable to fund the operation, and the children could be shunned or rejected in some societies. During this trip they will be doing some volunteer work, and hope to visit the Operation Smile Care Centre in Guwahati.

Frank Water is a small charity which provides basic necessity like clean water, which we, in the developed world, take for granted. Clean water is essential in the fight against water-born diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, hepatitis, typhoid and ringworm. According to the World Health Organisation one billion people lack access to improved water supply, and two billion deaths have been attributed to unsafe water.

To date, the trio has raised more than £1500, but they would like to double - if not triple - this total before they depart for the Rickshaw Run. The money raised goes direct to the charities and any costs incurred during our trip are paid for by us.

If you would like to donate, please click here for Operation Smile, and here for Frank Water.

If you would like to find out more about their journey, please click here.