ADVENTURER: Kira Hartland of Evans Head is preparing to travel 3500km across India in a tuk tuk similar to the miniature one in front of her.
ADVENTURER: Kira Hartland of Evans Head is preparing to travel 3500km across India in a tuk tuk similar to the miniature one in front of her. Samantha Elley

A long road ahead in India for our Kira

KIRA Hartland must be a glutton for punishment.

It's not the first time the Evans Head resident has ridden across India in an auto-rickshaw or tuk tuk - a three-wheeled, single-cylinder, 7hp, two-stroke engine vehicle of choice. She will repeat her adventure when she flies out at the end of July and will cover more than 3500km from Shillong to Cochin along the Bay of Bengal.

"I see it as three wheels to freedom," Kira said.

"You can test yourself any possible way you can imagine, and they are easy to drive."

Kira will be hoping to raise at least $1800 for the charity organisation Cool Earth that works alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction.

There will be a fundraiser at the Evans Head RSL Club on July 5 from 7pm where there will be a slave auction, novelty events and an introduction to the work of Cool Earth.

There'll be plenty of music from 8pm onwards, and the cost of entry is $5.

"All the money raised from the night will go to Cool Earth," Kira said.

Kira also said a big shout out to Evans Head Aquatic Centre, Liberty Fuel, Fresh Image, Leading Edge Video, The Surf Shack, The Sandwich Shack and the Riverfront Kiosk for the raffle prize donations and Woodburn-Evans Head RSL for use of the Remembrance Bar for the fundraising night. To donate, go to http://www.coolearth.org/249/ rickshaw-run.



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