Thursday, June 11, 2009

Autorickshaw Rally to Raise Funds for Rural Education

An adventurous journey in India to generate funds for a social cause. What fun!
If you ever wonder how it would be to ride auto rickshaws, better still race on it, now you can test it out at the Rickshaw Challenge’s Mumbai Xpress.
The third edition of Mumbai Xpress starts in Chennai on July 31 and traces its route all the way to Mumbai over the next fourteen days. The event is organized in partnership with Round Table India and the finance generated will be used for Freedom Through Education program under whose banner schools are being be built to enable education for about one million students.
Via Rickshaw Challenge
Freedom through Education” is RTI’s flagship long term project to build schools to educate one million children. Even better Round Table is also a zero-overhead organization which means that any and all funding raised by Round Table reaches the intended beneficiary in its entirety. All administrative expenses of the Round Table are covered by subscriptions from its members.
You can register for the rally here.

Image Source: Andifeelfine

3 comments:

  1. I uphold the cause, but not the means! The grave matter of climate change aside, in most parts of India, auto rickshaws are responsible for a great deal of air pollution (indicated by high SPM & RPM counts), leading to an alarming increase in breathing-related illnesses (gripping over 30% of Bangalore's kids) and even lung cancer [http://www.telegraphindia.com/1090109/jsp/frontpage/story_10365206.jsp]. Calcutta tops the list; here's their doctors' verdict: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Kolkata_/Act_today_to_curb_pollution_say_docs/articleshow/3995843.cms. As always, the poor are the worst affected in all this.

    It would have made much more sense to do such a drive on bicycles (like the one from Mumbai to Delhi here - http://theroadtodelhi.wordpress.com/). Why do one good thing by damaging another?

    PS: I know there are people doing car racing and similar stuff only for fun, and this is undeniably better; but car racing is too low a benchmark, and we have to aim much higher [e.g., the cycle rally in B'lore for AIDS awareness, the walk from Bhopal to Delhi seeking justice for the gas-affected].

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  2. I uphold the cause, but not the means! The grave matter of climate change aside, in most parts of India, auto rickshaws are responsible for a great deal of air pollution (indicated by high SPM & RPM counts), leading to an alarming increase in breathing-related illnesses (gripping over 30% of Bangalore's kids) and even lung cancer [ http://www.telegraphindia.com/1090109/jsp/frontpage/story_10365206.jsp ]. Calcutta tops the list; here's their doctors' verdict: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Kolkata_/Act_today_to_curb_pollution_say_docs/articleshow/3995843.cms . As always, the poor are the worst affected in all this.

    It would have made much more sense to do such a drive on bicycles (like the one from Mumbai to Delhi here - http://theroadtodelhi.wordpress.com ). Why do one good thing by damaging another?

    PS: I know there are people doing car racing and similar stuff only for fun, and this is undeniably better; but car racing is too low a benchmark, and we have to aim much higher [e.g., the cycle rally in B'lore for AIDS awareness, the walk from Bhopal to Delhi seeking justice for the gas-affected].

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