Trio’s tuk tuk adventure

Michael Schewtschuk, Chris Senior and James Ignaciuk who are doing a tuk tuk ride across India
Michael Schewtschuk, Chris Senior and James Ignaciuk who are doing a tuk tuk ride across India

AN intrepid trio are preparing for a trip across India - in a tuk tuk!

The three pals will be setting off from Shillong in Meghalaya and driving 3,500km across the country, ending in Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.

Dubbed Team MIA, they will be tackling the marathon challengein September in a three-wheel 50cc rickshaw, also known as a tuk tuk.

The three, Michael Schewtschuk of Birkenshaw and fellow former Whitcliffe Mount pupil Chris Senior who now lives in Cambridge, together with James Ignaciuk, who attended Heckmondwike Grammar School and lives in Cleckheaton, will be raising money for Cancer Research UK and Frank Water, which provides clean water in third world countries.

They have already begun fund-raising and will be holding a special event this month at St Paul’s Church, Mirfield, with live music, a bar and disco.

Michael, 30, said: “We hope to raise £5,000 between us and are doing really well so far.

“It’s going to be one big adventure, we’ll be going through cities, desert, mountains, forests. There’s no map, you have to make your own way.

“The idea is that all the groups set off together and aim to reach the end by two weeks, though you do have a month to finish.

“Team MIA stands for Missing In Asia, so you can see we are full of confidence!

“The tuk tuk is only seven horse power and the top speed is 35 mph, so we might even be quicker walking!

“But we’re really looking forward to it, and if people can enjoy themselves helping us fund-raise then all the better.”

Tickets for the music night on March 31 are £5, available from www.teammia.co.uk. Donations can also be made through the website.