Across India in a tuk-tuk

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Three Arran friends and charity fundraisers will attempt their largest and most outlandish challenge with a tuk-tuk race across India next month.

Raising money for Cool Earth and Macmillan Cancer Support the trio of Iain MacDonald, Alan Picken and Murray Picken, who has lived in New Zealand for several years, will race a tuk0tuk over 3,000km from Cochin in the south to Jaisalmer near the Pakistani border.

All three of the adventurers have already started fundraising for their charities across the continental divide. Alan and Iain, who admit to enjoying a cider or two, have taken part in a Dry July where both have resolutely stuck to their quest, despite the Kinloch Hotel’s cider and sausage festival last month, a family wedding and many family barbecues. Over in New Zealand, Murray who has not had a haircut in three years and sports a big beard, will be cutting and shaving it all off to raise money for the charitable causes.

Macmillan Cancer Support, which provides practical, medical and financial support as well as funding research for cancer, along with Cool Earth, which works with villagers to prevent deforestation in India, will both benefit for the fundraising efforts of the three friends across two continents.

Iain said: ‘Those that know Alan and myself will undoubtedly understand the dedication and perseverance it has taken to avoid cider for the month of July. Being very thirsty lads we have struggled along knowing that it will support two very worthwhile causes. We hope to contribute to these charities even further next month as we set off on our epic journey across India. We have two weeks to complete the challenge, no set route, a completely unsuitable seven horsepower vehicle, no back up and just our wits to guide us, what could go wrong?’

If you wish to support Alan, Iain and Murray, they have sponsorship pages at www. and and sponsorship forms across Arran.

The fundraising adventure will cover 3,000 kilometres up the west coast of India.  No_B31tuk01