4th CanKids Car Rally, a Drive for Awareness, was a four day trip full of excitement and a commitment to create awareness about childhood cancer in Rajasthan. During these four days, we stopped at many villages to create awareness about childhood cancer. I was surprised that there were people who knew nothing about cancer. Even if they knew about it, they would not make an effort to treat their child and at few places girls suffering with cancer were not treated. The Rally started early in the morning on 10th September 2015 from Gurgaon. My navigator Sonia Sekhri and I, Rima Lamba were all set with car #4 ready to leave for Ajmer. The trip started with a treasure hunt made by Western Motorsports, which everyone enjoyed. We stopped for lunch at Kanchan Kesari and continued our journey to Ajmer. By the evening we reached Mayo College Girls School, Ajmer where we conducted an awareness program for school children from many schools.
On 11 September, we headed off to Kumbhalgarh. TSD- time speed distance run was organized during the beautiful drive. TC points were set; we missed few and managed to reach few. The lunch was organised at a resort with a scenic location. The TSD ended here and we headed, to GBH American Hospital, Udaipur, where we met some Rotarians and hospital people to join hands with CanKids, in a convoy.
On day three, 12th September, we were all excited and ready to roll for yet another round of TSD. We traversed through Ranakpur- Sanderao and then finally to Jaipur. The lush green jungles and hills amazed us, it definitely did not look like what we heard of Rajasthan. At Jaipur we met a few Rotarians.
This was my first car rally infact it was my first experience of driving on a highway, truly an adventure with amazing people of different age groups from 5 to 74. All of us came with one aim- to make a difference in today’s world where children are suffering from cancer.
Rima Lamba (Driver Car 4) – A housewife and mother of 3 grown up kids