XPD 2470 – An Expedition across 24 countries in 70 days
To promote Literacy and women’s empowerment, four Indian women have decided to drive their car from Coimbatore to London to celebrate 70 years of Indian independence. The expedition, called XPD 2470, would start from Coimbatore on March 26th and reach London in seventy days.
Driving a sponsored TATA Motors vehicle, the drive will be flagged off from Coimbatore in March 2017. The journey aims to raise funds along the way and will make this the longest literacy charity drive. It will help spread the TEACH program executed in Rotary India Literacy Mission.
The all-women team would drive through 24 countries including China, Myanmar, Russia and Poland. From Netherlands, they would ferry the car into the United Kingdom. They would require nine different visas and would drive around 500 kilometres every day.
The 24,000 km long journey will cost around INR 60 lakhs.
While travelling across India, they've planned to honour women achievers including Puducherry Governor Kiran Bedi and Olympian Mary Kom among others. In London, they are working on to meet Prime Minister Theresa May.
The women, all experienced drivers, would soon take a crash course to be able to attend to vehicle breakdown.