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Three Guys Travelled Through North India In A Rickshaw And Raised $18,000 For Shillong Orphans

2,700 km, 13 days, with $18,000 raised.

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In an effort to raise funds for 50 orphans, Ernie Bergen, Daniel Künzle and Bram Schuurmann undertook an epic journey from Jaisalmer to Shillong.

Bram Schuurman

The journey of the trio, who call themselves the “Kohinoor Khiladis”, was sponsored by an NGO called SOS Children’s Villages.

"Daniel came up with this idea. We wanted to do a crazy adventure. So he found the Rickshaw Run, a mentally and physically demanding 2,700 km journey through North India," Bram Schuurman told BuzzFeed.

Bram Schuurman

The three men met at the Sziget Music Festival in Budapest, and then decided to travel through India to help underprivileged kids.

"I wanted to do something local and for kids so we found SOS Children's Villages. We picked the village in Shillong for a couple of reasons. There are 34 SOS Children's Villages in India and the one in Shillong is one of the poorest, plus it was our finish line and we wanted to visit our charity of choice," Schuurman said.

The journey began in the last week of March from Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, and from there on, they just rode out on to the open road.

Bram Schuurmann

"We had our rickshaw, 10 litres of petrol and a map. Our only plan was to arrive in Shillong 11 days later," Schuurman said.