Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Rickshaws for Water

About 2 weeks back, I received a forwarded email from a colleague. It was from a Producer with MediaCorp TV, fundraising for a rickshaw race he was doing in India. That guy was Prem Anand, Producer of the hilarious hit show called "The Noose" on Channel 5, which is a parody of Channel NewsAsia, I'm pretty sure. *wink*

Anyway, I met Prem for coffee in the MediaCorp canteen to find out more, and was captivated by the fact that he's doing this with 5 other friends, travelling in auto rickshaws from Ponticherry (south) to Shillong (north-east) ~ through cities, forests, dirt tracks and mountain ranges. What an adventure!

But more importantly, the guys are raising funds for their adopted charity Frank Water (www.frankwater.com) which funds the building of water tanks in India so that the locals can have clean water. I just had to have them on The Living Room to share about their Rickshaws for Water project. Well, that was today!

Old friends on a mission: Allanjit, Sumana, Prem and Shawn.

Find out more about what this is all about by going to Facebook and typing in "Rickshaws for Water". You can even DARE them to do ANYTHING. Just type in your dare on their Facebook page, tag a price to it, and they will probably do it ~ because they are men on a mission. *grin*

They have set out to raise $50,000 for Frank Water, and are currently at the 25 per cent mark, with four weeks to go. So if you are keen to donate to their cause, go to www.justgiving.com/rickshaws4water.

Anyway, I mentioned on the show today that these burly guys will be squeezing into a tiny auto rickshaw, which is kinda like a Thai tuk tuk, and whizzing all over India. That's three guys in one rickshaw.

From the picture below, you can tell they are quite big muscular men. And we're not even adding luggage to the equation. So, er... good luck guys...

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