The August 2015 edition of The Rickshaw Run got underway on August 5, 2015
The August 2015 edition of The Rickshaw Run got underway on August 5, 2015. The 83 teams are now on their mammoth 5000km 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.
Dickens said, “It’s a really 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.”
Donning fancy outfits, and with richly decorated vehicles the teams are now heading south. So far this edition of the event has raised nearly US$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 than US$3,200,000 over the years.