London to Goa through 17 countries... for charity!

ARVIND TENGSE, MADGAO | 23 June 2013 20:50 IST

It was the love for mother land that brought the Patel cousin brothers back to India and that too with an aim of raising funds for the Children suffering from irrecoverable disease.

Himanshu (Harry) Patel along with his nephews Nilesh and Rajesh had been planning for the last 20 years the road trip of a lifetime - a leisurely 78-day drive to India.

Their ancestors belong to Karamsar in Gujarat, but they were born and brought up in London.

The trio started off from London on 1 April, in a 22-year old campervan.

Driving all the way through France, Italy, Soveria, Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Tibet and Nepal, they reached India after covering almost 17 countries.

They reached Goa on Saturday. 

The drive however was just not leisure trip but to raise funds for charity.

"Our target was to raise £ 1 per mile, i.e. £ 12,073, but people have already donated £ 14,000 till date" informed Himanshu to goanews.com.

They plan to donate these funds to JUST IMAGINE, an organisation supporting orphans in Goa, whose parents were suffering from HIV.

“These children need to be provided with nutritious food as they have to develop the body to fight the disease" said Himanshu.

In fact they know no other language than English and Gujarati, but it was not a hindrance at all, says Rajesh.

Using GPS system, they made their way through without paying a single penny as a bribe.

“In fact we had no problem even with immigration or customs”, he says. 


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