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[p]Call it a midlife crisis if you wish, but I am embarking on over a 2500 kilometre journey through India, crossing 5 states, over a 12 day period, on a Rickshaw (a three-wheeled vehicle) and yes I will have to drive it - every day![/p][p]Those who know me well will know that I don't enjoy driving, have no sense of navigation and can't sit in a Rickshaw for long unless it involves going shopping or going to eat. [/p][p][b]So why am I doing this? [/b]To raise money for Cochlea Pune in India.[/p][p]- Did you know 800 children are born deaf every year in Pune?[/p][p]- 650 of those children do not have the ability to receive a proper education[/p][p]- These children are born deaf but they are not born mute[/p][p][i]“Early detection and intervention can help these children speak and lead a normal life” – Dr Avinash M.Wachasunder M.S. (ENT) Practicing ENT surgeon[/i][/p][p]Cochlea Pune for hearing and speech has been a growing charitable trust who specialise in supporting congenitally born deaf children from the age of 0 through to 6 years.[/p][p]Through early detection and intervention, the Cochlea team has become the trusted charity for mothers supporting their children. Starting with just one centre, one teacher and one student the centre has now spread its message and support across rural areas of Pune through to Goa.[/p][p]The charity now supports over 125 children to help them hear and speak with the assistance of over 35 teachers, hearing aids, providing speech therapy and most importantly through the specialist Swaranaad pre-school. The children learn language, mathematics and general knowledge. The Swaranaad pre-school encourages and gives each child the confidence to join mainstream schools and continue their education.[/p][p]With the rate of admission, the Cochlea team have run out of room and they need your support now.[/p][p]Sewa UK are supporting Cochlea Pune to raise £150,000 to build a state of the art Swaranaad pre-school which will allow the Cochlea team to not only provide further support to current children but also allow the admission of more children.[/p][p]90 International volunteers from the UK, America, Australia and India, travelling over 2500km driving 30 rickshaws across 5 States – all raising funds for Cochlea Pune via Sewa UK.[/p][p]All the participants are preparing to face the highs and lows of travelling through India, sharing a memorable yet tough journey which will see the Rickshaw Runners experience the successes of existing Sewa UK projects.[/p]