The August 2015 edition of The Rickshaw Run is underway. The 83 teams are now on their mammoth 5,000 km journey to Kochi in Kerala.
Launching from the heart of Shillong, the 225 international participants firstly got soaked in a massive downpour, and then posed for pictures as a few brief speeches were made by event manager Matthew Dickens.
Quite a crowd had gathered to join in the fun, reflecting the interest of the local people. Donning fancy outfits, and with richly decorated vehicles they are headed south.
Dickens said, "It's a bloody hell of a long way, and the potholed roads are fraught with danger. We wish them a journey full of new experiences, excitement and adventure, and look forward to
seeing them in Kochi in a mere fortnight."
"We'd like to thank the people of Shillong for giving our guys and girls a great reception as always, and the people of India as a whole for adding so much to this event. The heartwarming generosity and hospitality of everyone along the way is something that our teams carry with them forever."
So far this edition of the event has raised nearly USD 30,000 for the official charity Cool Earth, with far more still to come once the teams make it safely in once piece to the finish line. The Rickshaw Run itself has raised more that USD 3,200,000 over the years.