The 2015 Pimp My Tuk Tuk Challenge is set to take place in Sri Lanka from September 17-27, organizers announced.
The PMTT Challenge is a ride combining tourism with charity; the adventure of a life time which also makes a difference in the world. Thirty-three riders in 16 tuk tuks have committed themselves to 10 days of excitement, trepidation, and no doubt some pain, hurtling across the ‘Land of the Lions’ – spectacular Sri Lanka. The official tour will commence from Colombo, and circumnavigate the country, from Jaffna in the extreme north, down along the east coast and across the central highlands before entering the deep south (with a special stop at the Foundation of Goodness MCC Center of Excellence in Seenigama), and finally returning to Colombo.
Along the way, the riders will stop at five destinations to work with the local communities, conductive humanitarian and community development activities which will cover orphanages, elders’ homes, schools and rural communities without access to clean water.
Organized by the PMTT Challenge Team, Singapore, in partnership with the Foundation of Goodness in Sri Lanka, funds raised by this endeavor will be donated to selected charitable and developmental projects under the stewardship of the Foundation of Goodness in Sri Lanka, as well as to ‘Food from the Heart’, Singapore.
The 2015, Sri Lankan Leg of this challenge follows on from it great success in India in 2013, where 11 tuk tuks and 21 drivers started in Chennai and drove westwards across India before turning north to finish in Goa – stopping overnight in seven cities along the way covering 1,200 km. The charitable initiatives of the PMTT Challenge, India covered one school for blind children,two orphanages, one home for orphaned kids, who were HIV positive and also allocated funds towards building the Pallikarnai School in Chennai. This year, they hope to recreate these efforts in Sri Lanka.
During the media briefing on May 28, 2015, the PMTT Challenge Organizing Committee presented a check of Rs. 1,600,000 towards the Foundation of Goodness to initiate the construction of a Reverse Osmosis(RO) Water Purification Plant in Mihintale, Anuradhapura, an area adversely affected by chemical water contamination that has led to a dramatic rise in Chronic Kidney Disease. The RO Plant will be opened and handed over to the villagers by the riders during their journey.