For a good cause 4 ladies do a 70-Day road trip from Coimbatore to London
Four Indian Women Are Driving from Coimbatore to London, and It’s All for a Good Cause.
In an effort to promote women empowerment and celebrate 70 years of India’s independence, four Indian women have embarked on an intercontinental road trip. The team for the XPD 2470 expedition has Meenakshi Arvind (45) as the leader, Priya Rajpal (55), Mookambika Rathinam (38), and Vrinda (20) who is Meenakshi’s daughter. Vrinda was a last minute replacement for Rukmani Sekhar, who had to back out out due to an illness. They started their journey from Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, Coimbatore, in a modified Tata Hexa on March 26. Their extraordinary road trip will conclude in 70 days in London.
The drive will also raise awareness on women’s empowerment and Rotary’s literacy year.
The team will traverse eight time zones, drive 24,000 kilometres, and cross 24 countries. S P Velumani, the Tamil Nadu municipal administration minister, flagged off the mission, while the family members and the friends of the four travellers cheered them on.
In the course of their mission, they will cross Myanmar, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Austria, Czech Republic, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Netherlands, and conclude in the United Kingdom. They plan to cover 500 kilometres a day and rest at night.
While speaking to NDTV last year, Meenakshi Arvind, the leader of the team and a hotelier by profession had said, “I’ve been thinking of this for around two years. Last year, I drove to Thailand and now we are on this through Facebook.”
Speaking on the importance of the trip, Meenakshi had told The Times of India, “We are spreading awareness on literacy. We also want to send across the message that India is much more than what it is perceived to be.”
The trip is estimated to cost around ₹15 lakh for each of them, and has been sponsored by various NGOs, industries, and institutions.
They are aware of the challenges such a trip can pose, but before leaving, Meenakshi had assured the media that they were sufficiently prepared. “We have taken a guide in China, military support in Myanmar, and a guide in Kyrgyzstan. But there are a lot of challenges such as non-availability of diesel in Uzbekistan. But we have enough stock and also spares to handle any situation,” she said.
“The way I look at it is, “Everyone gets a miracle” and this road trip is just that for us. To live and be challenged,” Priya Rajpal had added, while speaking on the importance of the trip.