Challenge Intro

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‘Go wild for nature’ – WildTeam organises a wild rickshaw challenge in Bangladesh to change the game for nature

Twenty adventurers from all over the world will be cycling over 400km on rickshaws across the beautiful landscape of Bangladesh to champion the protection of the endangered Bengal tiger and the largest mangrove forest in the world – the Sundarbans. Join WildTeam and the challengers on this incredible journey by following the progress of this noble cause.

This is no ordinary cycle ride. The challengers will travel on the most iconic and colourful mode of transportation: the cycle rickshaw. The epic journey will take place over 10 days from 16-26 February. Through the eyes of the challengers, the world will experience the natural beauty of Bangladesh and its people, including the longest sea beach in the world, the lush hill tracts and the mysterious Sundarbans mangroves.  The nature-loving challengers have come together for a reason – they wish to celebrate the rich natural heritage of Bangladesh and raise awareness of the need to join together to protect endangered wild tigers and their home. The team will also be raising funds through sponsorship to support the tiger conservation activities of WildTeam, a nature conservation organisation based in Bangladesh. In this way, their legacy will continue even after they return to their home countries.  Through this thrilling event, these brave individuals are paving a path for other individuals looking for a way to contribute to a bright future for tigers.

No matter what country we come from, no matter what we do, we are connected by the bond we share with nature and our love for it.  The challengers come from all walks of life, from a Bangladeshi healthcare expert, to His Excellency the Danish Ambassador, Mr Svend Olling. All have come together to do this challenging 400km cycle by rickshaw, to show their dedication for tiger conservation.

Worldwide, tiger numbers have plummeted by almost 100,000 over the last 100 years, and today only 3,200 wild tigers remain on our planet. The rising illegal demand for tiger products has increased illegal smuggling and tiger poaching. WildTeam believes that it is not too late to ensure a secure future for tigers. The time to act is now.

The Bangladesh Sundarbans is home to one of the largest population of tigers in the world. By protecting her tigers, Bangladesh has a unique opportunity to become world renowned as a tiger stronghold and contribute to the survival of tigers on our planet. Through this event Bangladesh is showing leadership in bringing the world’s support to protect the tiger – the most celebrated symbol of nature’s majestic beauty.  The Bengal tiger is our national pride – the fighting spirit of the Bangladeshi people resonates in the tigers’ mighty roar. A threat to tigers thus calls us all to come forward in whatever way we can. The Wild Rickshaw Challenge is a large step in the right direction.

The Wild Rickshaw Challenge is a pilgrimage, a journey undertaken to show our love for nature and celebrate the Sundarbans and our Royal Bengal tigers. Join WildTeam and the challengers on this incredible journey by following the progress of this noble cause.

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3 Responses to Challenge Intro

  1. Bill Bartlett February 13, 2013 at 2:59 am #

    Students and staff at International School Dhaka would like to sponsor a rickshaw team. How do we go about that?
    Also we have a few days off during the challenge dates and would like to support the challenge live during that time. Is there a route map?
    A friend and I are planning to book a launch down to Barisal (arriving 21 Feb) with our motorbikes. If we can find you we would like to take photos and support in any ways we can.
    Best of luck with the challenge.

    • Mikey Leung February 17, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

      Hey Bill, I’ll check this out with the team for you. You could sponsor Ayeleen and I! We could use the funds.

      We don’t arrive in Barisal until the 22nd evening. Contact us on mikey@crowdsourced.travel for more info. We have just received the finer route details. I’ll pass on your interest to the team 🙂

  2. WildTeam February 13, 2013 at 4:11 am #

    Hi Bill-thanks so much for your post! Great to hear that the International School is interested in supporting the challenge. We should have up different rickshaw teams blogs soon with all their info and there will be a link to their fundraising pages. Or else donations can be made through the donate button / cheques made out to Wild Team.

    Great if you could cheer on the challenge too. We will be arriving into Barisal late on the 22 Feb, and then will be cycling from Barisal to Pirojpur on Saturday 23 Feb.

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