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Two Glyndŵr University adventurers are set to travel 2,500 miles across India

07 September 2010

Two Glyndŵr University adventurers are set to realise their dream of completing a 2500 mile trip across India in a three wheeled vehicle with the size and power of a ride-on lawnmower after hitting a £1000 fundraising target.

Matthew Draycott, 26, and Kieran Owens, 18, both of Wrexham, raised the cash through donations from friends, family and international companies, securing their participation in the Winter Rickshaw Run 2011.

The pair, known as ‘Team Altitude,’ are entering the run to raise money for Frankwater, a small charity which funds sustainable, safe drinking water projects by installing filtration facilities in villages in India.

The Rickshaw Run is considered one of the most difficult adventure challenges in the world and entails driving over some of the most challenging terrain in the subcontinent in a rickshaw. The vehicles, which seat a maximum of three, have a maximum engine power of 130cc – as much as six times less powerful than a basic commercial motorbike.
 
Matthew and Kieran have been working hard to raise money and have set themselves a big target of £5000 - which will provide 5000 people with access to clean fresh water, freeing them from disease.

They extended a note of thanks to everyone who has helped them to achieve the £1000 target, their first milestone, especially companies such as SimVenture and Opeus technologies whose generous donations helped the pair qualify for the run.

Kieran added: “The response we have received from the people of Wrexham is truly amazing, it's humbling to see so many people go out of their way to aid change in the world and improve people’s lives.”

Far from relaxing, though, the pair are still determined to raise more money.

“We still have a long way to go,” said Matthew. “And need help from local companies and organisations willing support our mad cap adventure in any way they can.”

If you’re interested in supporting the duo, or even joining them on their trip (yes they still have a third seat open) then you can contact them through their website www.altitudefoundation.co.uk or by searching for Team Altitude on Facebook.

For more information email matthew.draycott@gmail.com.

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