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Mumbai Xpress to raise Rs25 lakh for school students
CEMS is raising funds through the Mumbai Xpress endeavour to support rural schools without proper amenities. The funds will be distributed amongst schools in India through Madras Midtown Roundtable - 42
A CHEQUE of Rs10,57,152 was handed over to MMRT-42, to initiate funding for schools without any basic amenities in Chennai and other parts of rural India. Aravind Bremanandam, lead organiser of the Mumbai Xpress along with eminent industrialist and cinema actor Arvind Swami presented the cheque at a small function held today at Adventist School, Kotturpuram. The occasion also marked giving away of school kits to top performers from each class in the school to motivate the children of the school.

After receiving the complete tally of all charity funds raised by the participants of the 2008 event, Bremanandam and Swami presented a cheque of Rs10,57,152 to Sandilya Venkatesh, Chairman of the Madras Midtown Roundtable – 42, the active charity partner, who has been involved with the Autorickshaw rally from the ground up at a small function recently held at Adventist High School, Kotturpuram.

“Last August, Stephen Milford and Alex Jones, two British nationals of the 'Two Tukkers in Tuxedos' team took home the 2008 Mumbai Xpress World Champion Trophy. While Stephen and Alex went back home with a trophy, we have determined the real winner in the race: the children of India!” said  Bremanandam. Madras Midtown Roundtable – 42 will use the funds to initiate projects in six schools without any basic amenities in Chennai and other parts of rural India.

Speaking on the occasion Sandilya Venkatesh, Chairman Madras Midtown Roundtable – 42, remarked, “This is truly a unique and monumental achievement. We can thank the organisers of the Mumbai Xpress Autorickshaw Challenge for creating this ground-breaking opportunity to help children that has somehow found a way to combine adventure tourism and helping those in desperate need across the country.” Having now raised the bar for the 2009 Mumbai Xpress, the organisers of the Mumbai Xpress, Chennai Event Management Services has pledged to raise Rs25 lakh from the event in July 2009. This astonishing amount will be used towards 10 projects along the route and will benefit over 20,000 students in need.

This year’s Mumbai Xpress will help to achieve these fundraising goals by creating an event that is bolder and more exciting. The event days have become longer, overall distance has increased by almost half of current totals and three new destinations will make the race more insane than ever before. By popular demand from both competitors and locals, the event will now chart a course through Mysore, Pune and Mahabaleshwar!

Over 30 teams will be pitted against one another through the exotic and amazing countryside of India.  With the aid of modern GPS technology and true grit, our challengers will push themselves to the limit across plateaus, mountains and lush jungles. Chennai Event Management Services looks forward to welcoming all competitors and sponsors to the starting line this July. The 2009 Mumbai Xpress will certainly be an event that will be remembered for many years to come.

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