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British couple to ride autos across India

An intrepid British couple will soon embark on a 3000-mile journey across India and into Nepal by an auto-rickshaw to raise funds for charity.

world Updated: Nov 04, 2007 16:32 IST

An intrepid British couple will soon embark on a 3000-mile journey across India and into Nepal by an auto-rickshaw to raise funds for charity.

Hounslow-based Kris Mesie and his partner Michelle Etherington will arrive in Kochi, Kerala, on Dec 30 before embarking on a trip through India to Kathmandu, riding the auto-rickshaw.

Mesie told media in London: "We will do our damnedest to force 150ccs of Indian engineering over some of the most questionable roads and terrain in about two weeks."

"We have no backup or assistance along the way. So routes, where to sleep and getting out of tricky and possibly dangerous situations is all down to us."

The couple will ride in their rickshaw to raise funds for charity organisations such as Mercy Corps, Water Aid and a charity that helps stop women and children in India becoming victims of the sex trade.

Mesie added: "The whole idea makes no sense apart from the helping charity bit. We are eager to get support from business in the borough and we'll gladly wear company logos and decorate our trusty steed with the same."