The inaugural function of the Bullathon and the Real India Tour, a novel event organised by the Madurai City Round Table 99, a wing of the Round Table India Organisation, saw a global participation with 26 participants from seven countries, including Australia, Ireland, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Germany and Austria joining the event at Madurai on Wednesday.
According to Aravind Brahmanandam, the organizer from the Madurai City Round Table 99, the bullathon is being organised to provide foreigners a chance to enjoy the ride in bullock carts and the proceeds of the events would be used for implementing welfare projects initiated by his organisation.
Detailing the scheduled of the event, he said that the Bullathon, Real India Tour 2014, will be conducted later this year, which will stretch for six days, including a day of training, four on the driving seat and one day of rest.
Ingerid, a 36-year-old Norway woman, who rode a bullock cart during the inaugural, said that it was her maiden ride on a bullock cart and it was adventurous. Further the hospitality and the culture of Maduraities impressed me, she said and confirmed her participation in the event to be held in the Temple City later this year.
Charlie, a student from England, said that the launch function provided him an opportunity to learn the ancient connect of Madurai. After a long ride, Charlie too vouched Ingerid saying that the ride proved to be an adventurous one.
The organizers also said that the event has been planned to mobilise funds for the underprivileged and in the past they have raised over US $150,000 for several charitable projects around the world through other rallies like the Rickshaw Challenge, The Caucasian Challenge and the Central Asia Rally.