UK Couple to drive Morgan 3 Wheeler across India for Charity

Brushing off heart surgery 73 year-old Alan and Pat Braithwaite doing an epic charity drive in February

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A British couple is getting ready to embark on an epic 3500 mile journey across India from February next year, in an extraordinary little Morgan 3 Wheeler, in an attempt to raise £200,000 for Indian charity, Goonj - which works to relieve rural poverty through social and economic regeneration using the circular economy in clothing and textiles.

Dubbed the 'Trans India Challenge', 73 year-old Alan and Pat Braithwaite will begin the ambitious adventure on 1st February 2020 - and the Morgan is already on a ship making it's way to the Indian subcontinent.

Amazingly this will be just six months after Alan had open heart surgery! “I actually needed more extreme modifications than the car for this trip, but I’m confident we’ll both reach the finish line in great shape!”

The Morgan Motor Company - which has been producing handbuilt cars since 1909, has confirmed they will support the Challenge, and Ralph Lauren will be providing clothing from its recyled Earth Polo range, crafted from thread derived entirely from recycled plastic bottles and dyed using an innovative waterless process. The whole theme of the challenge is social and environmental sustainability.

Starting from Mumbai, the Challenge will visit cities including Pune, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Patna, Lucknow, Agra, New Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur and Ahmedabad before returning to Mumbai at the beginning of March. It aims to visit 11 Goonj projects along the way to highlight the work the organisation does in regenerating rural communities through recycling urban discard, especially cloth.

Although little known in Europe, Goonj is one of the biggest NGOs in India and has developed long-term sustainable economic regeneration programmes with human dignity a central theme of its work.

I'll be following their adventures closely, so stay tuned for updates!

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