Currently we have only raised a third of our target of $3000, and are seeking new sponsors. Please be generous.

If you are interested in sponsoring the Boondogglers in their bumpy Rickshaw quest across the sub-continent, please email Benji at . You can also donate directly to the Run, using any major credit card, through Dasra’s website, Make sure you click the “Rickshaw Run” donate button.



Rickshaw Run Sponsorship Proposal

Dear potential sponsors,

I am writing to you regarding an exciting event called the ‘Rickshaw Run’, which is taking place in a few weeks in India. The ‘Rickshaw Run’ is the latest offering concocted by the ‘Institute for Adventure Research’, the same people who have hosted the ‘Mongol Rally’ – a car rally from London to Mongolia – for the last 4 years. The concept of the Rickshaw Run is simple; to travel in a team from Kochin in the state of Kerala, a town in the luscious south-west of India, to the historic British hill station town of Darjeeling at the foothills of the Himalayas, in the north-east of India – a journey of over 3,200km – in just 2 weeks. The catch is that it all happens in a rickshaw! These three-wheeled, lightweight Indian vehicles usually functions as taxis, and, to put it mildly, are by no means an example of excellence in engineering . It is usually a challenge just to get down the street in one of these machines! The Rickshaw Run starts on December 27, 2006, and will finish on January 14, 2007.

However, the rickshaw run is a lot more than “an opportunity to break new grounds of silliness” as its website proudly claims, as it also has a large charitable component. Each team that enters the rally needs to buy their rickshaw outright, and this rickshaw is then donated to an indebted family near the finish line to help relieve them of debt and provide them with a livelihood. The philosophy behind it is that it is best to ‘teach a man to fish’; that is, to provide a family with a means of being self-sufficient. Additionally, any funds raised above the amount required to purchase the rickshaw is donated to other local charities in India. The charitable aspect of the Rickshaw Run is being handled by Mercy Corps, a highly respected and trustworthy international NGO, so one can rest assured that everything will be done in a transparent and legitimate fashion.

Being in its inaugural year, the Rickshaw Run has already turned a lot of heads and is sure to gain a lot of attention in the coming weeks. There are already nearly 30 teams registered and more are expected to join the ranks shortly. For more comprehensive information about the Rickshaw Run, please consult the website at the following address:

Being young, adventurous, and in India with no plans over the holiday break, we can think of no better way to spend our time off than traversing through formidable Indian terrain in a rickshaw, all in the name of charity. Introducing Team Boondogglers. Made up of three NGO workers in Bombay – Aussie Benji Holzman, yankie Robbie Whelan, and Dutchman Rogier Jacobse – we are set to take the Indian countryside by storm.

I was hoping that your company would be interested in sponsoring us in our bumpy Rickshaw quest across the sub-continent.

Our team plans on raising at least $3000, $2000 of which is required to purchase the rickshaw, and a further $1000 that we would like to donate to the NGOs we work for. They are Mumbai Mobile Creches, an organization that runs childcare centres on construction sites for the children of poor, migrant construction workers; and DASRA, an NGO that provides technical assistance and managerial support for other NGOs.

If you agree to sponsor our team, we will do our utmost to provide you with publicity and recognition. We have a blog online at where we will mention our sponsors prominently. Furthermore, Benji plans on writing articles for Australian publications, and becoming an official blogger of the Australian Jewish News which has a wide readership. Robbie is a journalist and will also write articles for publications in the USA and India. Benji has a good quality camera (Nikon D50 DSLR) which he will be using to document the trip, and we plan on taking a video camera as well. Robbie and Benji are both interested in journalism and will be more than happy to write for your company. In all of our writing and documentation of our journey we want to mention our sponsors whenever we can, as they are making everything possible. Please also remember that 100% of your donation will go to charities and not to a corporation.

The following are suggested donation amounts and what we can offer you:

$250 – your logo in a prominent position on the rickshaw

$350 -your logo in a prominent position on the rickshaw + a collection of photos during the rally with your logo

$600 – your logo in a prominent position on the rickshaw + a collection of photos on the run with your logo + a promotional video made about the rickshaw run for your company according to your requirements.

Please note that these amounts are estimates and are fully negotiable, and that any help that you provide will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your consideration of this proposal,

Yours sincerely,




‘The Boondogglers’

Benji Holzman, Robbie Whelan, and Rogier Jacobse


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