Phil Shellam, centre owner at Signs Express (Worcester) along with fellow local businessman Mick Buckland travelled to India last month to take part in the Karmaenduro, a charity car rally through southern India. The rally which saw over 50 cars travel 2000km from Goa to Kerala raised an impressive £300,000 for charity.
The journey which wasn’t without its hurdles, took 11 days and on some occasions 14 hours a day to complete. It included driving through a gruelling route of dense forest trails, deserts, mountainous areas and coping with hectic city traffic. As well as coping with tough terrain, drivers also had the challenge of driving the 1950s Ambassador car boasting a mere 37 horsepower.
Phil commented on the rally: “It was a privilege to be involved in such a worth while event and a brilliant opportunity to see the real India. It was almost surreal in parts of the trip and is still sinking in now. Once completed I felt a mixture of emotions including a feeling of elation but also extreme tiredness - driving a two tonne vehicle with no power steering was a challenge in itself!”
The event raised money for Adventure Ashram, a charity raising money for remote village communities in need of medical and educational care in India, and for the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity which gives support to families who have a child with a terminal illness.
As part of the UK and Ireland’s leading signs and graphics company, Signs Express (Worcester) provides a complete design, manufacture and installation service for all forms of signage including interior/exterior signs, vehicle graphics, exhibition and display products, window graphics and health and safety signage for businesses in Worcester and surrounding areas.