couple behind one of Scotland’s most successful export businesses are set to
join many members of the Royal Family on an “insane and crazy” adventure through
the wilds of rural India by taking part in “Travels to my Elephant” for the
surviving and winning the race in 2015, they are taking to the rickshaw once
again. Puneet and Poonam
Gupta, owners of award-winning PG Paper Company Ltd, will take part in this
exciting race as part of a fleet of 50 Gujarati 3 wheeler Chagdas and Royal
Enfields with side cars will parade 800km across Rajasthan to 101 brightly
painted elephant sculptures, all in aid of their endangered wild cousins to help
raise funds to secure their natural habitat and make a positive
impact on the lives of 500,000 families across India alone.
Rescued by one of the world’s
most charismatic adventurers, the late and very great Mark Shand, Tara the
elephant became the star of his best-selling book ‘Travels on my Elephant’ and
is the inspiration behind this epic journey.
We are aiming to raise an astonishing
£1 million from this event alone, to power Elephant Family’s big picture
vision to secure a network of 101 elephant corridors across India. By freeing
up the passageways between the fragments of forest, Elephant Family are playing a key role in finding a way for the world’s
biggest, most intelligent and sadly endangered animals, to survive in our increasingly
resulted in the permanent securement of 4
corridor passageways in Assam, North East India and enabled 2 entire villages
to relocate out of their migratory routes into safe homes and
farmland. This was a huge win for Asia’s beleaguered elephant population
and we are keen to keep momentum up for the remaining passage ways before time
Poonam and I are particularly excited
about taking part for the second time in “Travels to my Elephant” this year and
to help highlight and gain more support than previous years for this extremely
worthwhile cause. We found the trip in 2015 truly humbling from
start to finish and I know that every penny raised will make such a difference in
helping the Elephant Family Charityand the many million people affected, so this year we aim to try and beat the amount
raised on the last trip.
Puneet Gupta, ‘this
cause is really close to my heart. And there is a larger reason attached to it.
As responsible human beings we need to preserve our earth and help other
creatures with whom we share this place. Elephants well being is essential to
the balance of the nature and I am so delighted to be the part of this race. We
will do everything possible to raise awareness and funds for the event.
elephants are amongst the world’s most magnificent and threatened species. Massive habitat loss has resulted in the
numbers of elephants plummeting by 90% in the past 100 years. There is also a linked human tragedy
unfolding. The threatened elephants are being forced to search further afield
for new habitat and in doing so, this has led to elephant/ human conflict
resulting in fatalities on both sides. The money raised will be used to secure
a protected habitat for the elephants and this in turn will support local
communities and help end the encroachment on these families.
This is by no
means a straight forward exercise. Speed is not the way to win this race. It is
a test of agility, wit and character.
presidents for the charity are The Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and
The Duchess of Cornwall.
Patrons for the charity
Princess Eugenie of York, His Highness Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa,
His Highness Maharaja Gaj Sing II of Marwar-Jodphur, Waris Ahluwalia,
Lord & Lady Bamford, Aisha Cahn, James Caan, Richard Caring, Nicholas
Coleridge, CBE, Bipin Desai, Ben Elliot, Fardad Ghodoussi, Mehrdad
Ghodoussi, Vikram Goyal, Geordie Greig, Jools Holland, OBE DL, Michael Howells,
Ömer Koç, Rula Lenska, Marc Quinn, Sir Tim Rice, Ayesha Shand, Lady
Catherine St Germans, Sir David Tang, KBE, Priya & Cyrus Vandrevala,
Hilary & Galen Weston, The Marchioness of Worcester, Henry Wyndham,
Sarah, Duchess of York, Mercedes Zobel
All donations are gratefully received and you
can find out more about our journey and donate by visiting our Just Giving Page
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