Last month, Ernie Bergen, Daniel Kunzle and Bram Schuurmann embarked on an epic 2,700-3,500 km journey through some of the least visited regions of India. Traveling at 250-300 km per day in a three wheeled tin box they covered the distance between Jaisalmer to Shillong in just 12 days.
Beginnings at Budapest
When the three men met at the Sziget Music Festival in Budapest, they decided to take on a journey to India with the main goal to help underprivileged children. The trio took part in a mentally and physically demanding 2,700km Rickshaw Run through the north of India and named their team the Kohinoor Khiladis. Ernie ‘El Che’ Bergen set up a blog where he kept readers updated about every step of the adventure.
‘I have to admit, when we first came up with the crazy idea of driving across one of the most dangerous countries in the world to drive and that in a 9 horsepower tin box it was all about the adventure. When we found out there was a charity aspect to this endeavor our focus shifted completely to that and by the time we left Europe the visit to the Children’s Village in Shillong was our goal and what drove us to never give up,’ Bergen shared in his blog.
Kohinoor Khiladis finished their journey on April 15 and stayed for another day in Shillong to spend time with the children. The trio has achieved the goal of raising 18,000 dollars for the SOS Children’s Village in Shillong. The amount would cover housing, education, nutrition, medical services and most importantly community and family for 50 orphaned children. They have also set up a crowd-funding platform to raise another 50,000 dollars before the end of June.