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Burnham mother to embark on Indian Tuk Tuk adventure

James Hockaday

An ‘adventure of a lifetime’ will be undertaken by a Burnham mother when she embarks on a 1,120-mile trek across India in a tuk-tuk.

Burnham Neighbourhood Watch coordinator Bea Qureshi will fly to Mumbai on Friday and will travel down the coast to Kanyakumari, India’s southern tip, during the challenge which is aiming to raise £50,000 for the charity Food For Life Vrindavan (FFLV).

FFLV began as a food charity but also works to empower Indian women by giving them qualifications and jobs to combat poverty and provide them with an alternative to forced marriages.

Bea, 46, from Cambridge Avenue, will be travelling with a group of 12, with three people to a tuk tuk, taking shifts to drive. Tuk-tuks are three-wheeled motor vehicles, also known as auto rickshaws.

“It’s going to be very challenging because riding something like that on the roads in India is not safe,” said Bea.

“It’s like driving a motorbike. I’ve never driven a motorbike so that’s going to be a challenge”

The tuk-tuks cannot go faster than 40mph and can easily be tipped by inexperienced drivers.

Although nervous, Bea, whose parents are from India’s Punjab region, is very excited about her 10-day journey.

“It’s going to be an adventure of a lifetime for us. We want to have the time of our lives.”

Bea, a project manager for perfume specialists Fragrance House, has so far raised £385 towards her £2,000 target.

Speaking about the charity, she added: “If somebody goes back to their village with a photo of their diploma that will be life changing for the village.

“It’s about realising these girls have that potential.”

Proceeds will go towards putting young 100 Indian girls through university, which costs about £400 a year. The remaining cash will go to the charity’s community hub which cares for slum children.

Visit www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/beaqureshi1 to sponsor Bea.

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