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Off road across India

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Paul Spaven

A 2000km motorcycle ride across Karnataka, India to raise money for a local eye hospital

Raising money for
Global Sight Solutions

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Donations accepted until 25-04-2017

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As many of you will know I rarely run (except from my front door to the car in the rain), hence you haven't ever been pestered to sponsor me for marathons, half-marathons or even fun-runs (fun?).
I have reached the age of 62 without twisting your arm for charity support, but this event is the one I need to beg you to help...
One of my passions is motorcycling - it has been ever since I rode pillion on my grandad's BSA 650 in 1959. And this expedition, created by Rotary District 3181 in India is a great challenge .
I am using the trip to raise much needed funds for the Usha Kiran Eye Hospital, Mysore.
Every donation you make will be tripled by Rotary Foundation. So the £120 cost of delicate sight surgery on a baby from a poor family can be achieved with donations of only £40. 
Restoring sight to a poor baby.
The fundraising is supported by Global Sight Solutions: a Rotary charity, which has established almost 50 eye hospitals and paid for 850,000 cataract operations since 1998.
It is a cause that resonates with me - I have a congenital cataract.
Wish me luck.
But more importantly, donate to make someone's life more bearable....

Event details

Rotary centennial expedition 2017

On the morning of 14 January, at the magnificent Mysore Palace, I will be presented with a motorbike to use for 2 weeks of riding across India. The specification is "Min. 350cc, 2-wheels". That's it! I am praying for a seat, brakes and handlebars, but we shall see...
We then set off on a 2000km ride across central western India - mostly off road. Motorcycling Rotary members from around the world. Celebrating the centenary of Rotary Foundation and raising money for local good causes.
The route takes in coffee plantations, temples, waterfalls, coastal roads and even a tiger sanctuary. More prayers - for a bike that is faster than a tiger, and doesn't break down.
We will be dining each evening as hosts of Rotary Clubs on the route, making friends and creating fellowship.
I have paid for the flights, the hire of the bike, all fuel, kit, accommodation and food. And my fellow partners at Tuffin Ferraby Taylor have generously allowed me time away from my day job to raise funds for the charity. So every £ that you donate will go straight to the charity - and the money will be tripled.

Event date

13-January-2017 19:00  - 
25-January-2017 22:00

Event type

Motorcycle expedition across Karnataka

Event is completed


Look forward to hearing about it tomorrow. Well done
Donation by Andrew B
on 23-04-2017
£7.50 gift aid
Another sponsored holiday.....well done.
Donation by Alan
on 20-02-2017
£7.50 gift aid
In the valley of the blind the one eyed man is king!....well done Paul
Donation by Fergal
on 08-02-2017
£0.00 gift aid
Donation by Chris Dawson
on 07-02-2017
£12.50 gift aid
Donation by Richard Aitchison
on 06-02-2017
£6.25 gift aid
Great cause Paul,close to my heart as a cataract sufferer ( one down,one to go!)
Donation by Glen Bennett
on 06-02-2017
£0.00 gift aid
Well done Paul
Donation by Chuan
on 02-02-2017
£2.50 gift aid
Donation by Marilyn McGrath
on 02-02-2017
£5.00 gift aid
really well done. Looking forward to the talk about it
Donation by nigel harradine
on 26-01-2017
£12.50 gift aid
Fantastic cause and a great achievement - what a trip!
Donation by Jack Holland
on 26-01-2017
£5.00 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £3,175.00
Offline Donations: £0.00
Total Raised: £3,175.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £3,637.50

Donations closed

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