In-dia Straits

In-dia Straits - Sunbeams Music Trust

Rickshaw Run Spring 2010
on 11th April 2010

Team Members: Paul Seager, Gavin McKew and Justin McMahon

“3,000km on a rickshaw - you’re In-dia Straits”

The Rickshaw Run is pretty simple. With no preparation and less luggage you fly to India and do your damndest to force an old 150cc rickshaw over 3000 kilometres of questionable terrain in around two weeks, on a vehicle that has a tendency to break down every 3 hours.

A group of friends Gavin McKew, 26, from Whitehaven, Paul Seager, 26, from Whitehaven & Justin McMahon, 28, from Leicester are travelling across India on the Rickshaw Run. Not such a big story, however travelling on a Rickshaw (7bh, 3 wheeled motorised golf cart with a top speed of 35mph) is a little bit more than temperamental.

Gavin says “I am a little nervous about the trip and at the same time, very excited.  It will be a physically demanding 2 weeks but we will get to see India in the raw, and help people less fortunate than ourselves.” 

The friends with the team name “In-dia Straits” will start in Cochin southern India on the 28 th March 2010, taking their three wheeled treasure to Gantok, Sikkim . High up in the misty Himalayas lies the finish line, shoehorned into a tiny space between Buthan, Nepal and Tibet.

The reasoning behind this crazy idea is to raise money for three charities which are close to the lads’ hearts including Annie Mawson’s Sunbeams Music Trust - which is an award winning charity that provides Music For Life® to people with special needs throughout the North of England. They provide over 60 live music workshops per month to people who are disadvantaged. The service is available to children and adults with a wide variety of special needs including physical disabilities and mental health problems, Alzheimers and senile dementia, cerebral palsy, autism, Down's Syndrome, sensory impairments, emotional and behavioural disturbance and profound multiple disabilities. The most important achievements, however, are those that they share with their clients and musicians.

The journey will cost each member around £1200 of their own money, and they are currently looking for sponsorship, 100% of which will go to charity. If you would like to donate anything to this very worthwhile cause contact or call 07853007675.

You can also donate online for Sunbeams at

You will be able to follow their adventure from the 28th March at

To read more about the team, the run and their latest exciting events leading up to the Rickshaw Run please click here

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