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2013-04-17 10:45

EDUCATING THE LESS FORTUNATE: British teachers Nick Gough and Rich Sears are traveling the world in a tuk-tuk in a bid to raise education awareness. Image: tuktuktravels.com

SURREY, ENGLAND - Nick Gough and Rich Sears, from Guildford, Sueey, left London in August 2012 to promote education around the world with a lawnmower-powered tuk-tuk.

According to the Daily Mail, the pair is the first to conquer Africa in their open-sided 395cc rickshaw. They started their travels touring the UK in their little machine which can reach a top speed of 55km/h – downhill.

Since then, they’ve been to Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania, Malawi and Botswana before arriving in Namibia. Next up is South Africa and then they’ll ship their tuk-tuk to Mumbai, India to take on Asia and the then Americas.

Gough and Sears’s mission is to raise awareness of grassroots projects where there is poor access to education.

MAKING A START

Sears said: “The world’s leaders have made a commitment to achieving universal primary education by 2015 but, despite this pledge, over 61 million primary-aged children worldwide still lack access to any form of education.”

The power team uses their charity called Tuk-Tuk Travels to assess needs while they visit schools and invite sponsors.

Despite rough terrains in Tanzania, the tuk-tuk has suffered only ne flat tyre outside Paris and a snapped an accelerator cable whilst in Africa.

So far they’ve rallied up support from explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes and actorress Joanna Lumley.

Fiennes said: “Tuk Tuk Travels is a unique adventure through some of the most challenging and diverse environments, cultures and countries on the planet – it promises to be unmissable viewing.”

Human rights champion, Lumley, said: “Inspired lunacy with a heart of gold and the mind of Aristotle - I’m behind Tuk Tuk Travels all the way.”

Visit the team’s website here for more info.
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