One Australian team is certainly up to the challenge when it comes to taking on HHT!
Grant Maw and Philip Kendall from Queensland’s Fraser Coast town of Howard are going to test their metal on a 3000 kilometer journey down the entire Indian West Coast on a seven horsepower rickshaw, commonly called a Tuk-Tuk.
What makes this challenge remarkable is that they must complete the event in 14 days, without any backup or support, through some of the roughest terrain on the subcontinent.
So why are these two highly qualified IT professionals prepared to risk life and limb on what they parochially call their 3000Km Curry Run?
As Grant Maw explains, “This crazy adventure is really about doing something special for two very deserving charities that normally do not receive mainstream support or recognition.” Sure, it’s risky,” he adds, “but we both want to do something that will make a difference and really force us both out of our comfort zones."
Their quest starts Jan. 1, 2014 in the north-west Indian desert city of Jaisalmer and finishes a two weeks later in the southern city of Kochin. “I’m expecting 3000 km’s of shear torture on the Tuk-Tuk,” says Philip Kendall. “We’ve both been brushing up on our two-stroke motor maintenance skills, particularly on emergency repairs. Tuk-Tuks are loud, uncomfortable, and prone to breaking down a lot. Some would consider them a questionable long distance, off-road machine and possibly the least suitable vehicle on the planet for covering the entire subcontinent in two weeks.”
Proceeds from this unique adventure will help to raise awareness and fund research to find a cure for Hereditary Haemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT). This inherited genetic disorder of the blood vessels affects more than 1 million people worldwide. There is no known cure for this devastating condition and if left untreated can result in stroke, haemorrhage and in many cases, premature death.
The second organisation to benefit will be Cool Earth – an environmental charity that works in partnership with indigenous communities to help protect rainforests that without intervention will be destroyed within the next 18 months.
The team explains that 100 percent of all money raised will go to the charities. None will be used to fund their trip expenses.
The HHT Foundation will be following Grant and Philip closely throughout their journey. We're grateful that they have chosen the HHT Foundation as one of their beneficiaries and look forward to hearing all about their adventures!