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15 August 2012
A Cardiff University graduate, who helped found The Tuk Tuk Educational Trust, has begun the UK leg of a round the world expedition promoting and advancing education.
Nick Gough, a Cardiff graduate BSc Economics (2007) and MSc in International Relations (2008), with Rich Sears will be completing the journey in a tuk tuk (a small, open-sided, three-wheeled vehicle) and are aiming to set the world record for the longest journey in an auto-rickshaw. Cardiff University is supporting the expedition as the main education sponsor.
Throughout the expedition, the team will be visiting educational and developmental projects, conducting academic research and documenting the whole experience. By raising awareness of the challenge of improving global access to education during their trip, Tuk Tuk Travels is aiming to raise funds for grassroots, community based educational projects. Supporters of the charity will be able to assign contributions to unique ventures highlighted via short films shot and produced throughout the expedition.
Sandra Elliott, Director of Communications and International Relations at Cardiff University said: "Cardiff graduates never fail to inspire, this venture really stands out and the University is delighted to support Tuk Tuk Travels. Cardiff has a long-established tradition of welcoming students from around the world and the tuk tuk will visit many of the countries we welcome our students from. We know the benefits that come from education are vast and that's why we're supporting Tuk Tuk Travels."
Nick Gough, graduate of Cardiff Business School and School of European Studies and co-founder of The Tuk Tuk Educational Trust said: "Education lies at the heart of our endeavour. We believe that to promote education for all is to empower some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in society, allowing them achieve their full potential."
Rich Sears, co-founder of The Tuk Tuk Educational Trust said: "The World’s leaders have made a commitment to achieving universal primary education by 2015 but, despite this pledge, over 61 million primary-aged children worldwide still lack access to any form of education."
Tuk Tuk Travels has already received support from renowned expeditionary, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who said: "Tuk Tuk Travels is a unique adventure through some of the most challenging and diverse environments, cultures and countries on the planet – it promises to be unmissable viewing."
Actor and human rights champion Joanna Lumley, is also among those who have backed the project. She said: "Inspired lunacy with a heart of gold and the mind of Aristotle - I’m behind Tuk Tuk Travels all the way."
The Tuk Tuk Travels team launched the UK leg of their round the world trip from the British Museum in London before arriving at Cardiff University & will be heading across the UK before travels through Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas.
The team has elected to travel around the world in a tuk tuk in order to take advantage of its slow-paced, open and friendly nature in order to explore and unlock different cultures and communities, learning about and from their values, struggles, inspirations and ambitions. The vehicle itself is iconic, exhilarating, eye-catching and engaging.
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Following the completion of the UK leg, the Tuk Tuk Travels team will be travelling around the world for 12-14 months, visiting more than 50 countries.
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