“MY WIFE says we are mad!” says Dan Bradshaw, who has embarked on a 2,200 mile rickshaw race across India with brother David to raise money for Irish charity the Hope Foundation.
The adventurous pair from Fulham began their ‘Keep Karma & Curry on Rickshaw Race’ on September 8.
The duo will travel 2,200 miles across India unsupported in a three-wheeled, seven horsepower rickshaw- setting out from Shillong in the mountains of North East India and heading west for Jaisalmer by the Pakistan border.
This was just one of a number of fundraising events launched in London earlier this month by the Hope Foundation, which works to improve human rights and help street children in Kolkata.
The charity says their latest run of events will go a long way to making a big difference.
The organisation, which is headquartered in Ireland but has had a British branch since 2007, unveiled the events at Canary Wharf this week.
Fundraisers and members of the Foundation, including Founder and Director Maureen Forrest, gathered in the capital for the launch.
Joining Dan and David in a push to raise much-needed cash, is HSBC with its ‘80 Ways around the world initiative.
Staff across the bank’s offices in Canary Wharf, Manchester, Birmingham, Kolkata and Leicester will complete a virtual cycle across India to raise enough money to support, feed, clothe, shelter and educate one underprivileged girl for a year.
Then in November, professional London-based photographer Mark Carey will hold his second street photography workshop in aid of the Hope Foundation.
The annual HOPE London Lunch also takes place on October 3 at the Dorchester Hotel in Mayfair.
The lunch will be raising money to support the Ashirbad Boys Home, a home that educates, protects and cares for 62 boys from the Kolkata streets, and the Life Skills Centre, which gives 314 young people the chance to learn skills in the catering, tailoring and computing sectors.