80 year old Bobby will embark on the five-month walk in late October 2015, from Kanyakumari in the South. He will then walk up the east coast, to finish in New Delhi, at the end of March 2016. The walk will be physically and mentally challenging, due to Bobby’s age, (he will celebrate his 81st birthday during the walk), the extreme heat and the tough terrain, but Bobby will need to cover at least 20-25 miles a day, in order to reach the various milestones along the route.
Bobby will be accompanied by a single support vehicle and team of four; his Walk Project Director, (Dr Rajan Bhanot, Joint Secretary of the India Association), a driver, a chef and a physiotherapist, who will ensure that Bobby remains in good health for the duration of the walk.
‘Bobby’s Walk Full Circle’ is the second part of an epic journey, which began in 2004, with the ‘Great Charity Walk’. Bobby has always been a keen explorer and philanthropist and decided to combine these passions in an attempt to walk the ‘circle of India’, while raising funds for charitable causes close to his heart. He therefore set about organising the ‘Great Charity Walk,’ which he began in November 2004. He walked 2,556 miles from Amritsar in North India and down the west coast to Kanyakumari in the South. The walk took five months to complete and with the help of the India Association, Bobby raised £100,000 for Cancer and AIDS charities.
Bobby will complete the ‘circle of India’ with ‘Bobby’s Walk Full Circle.
Bobby’s Walk Full Circle has the full backing and support of our Patrons; Lord Bilimoria CBE, (Chairman Cobra Beer Partnership), Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE, (Explorer), Professor Colin Green, (Emeritus Professor of Surgery University College London), Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP, (Attorney General), Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP, (Leader Opposition Party), C B Patel (Publisher/Editor of Asian Voice and Gujarat Samachar newspapers), Rt Hon Virendra Sharma MP, Clare Short, (Retired Minister Overseas Development), Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP and Baroness Verma, (Junior Minister Department of Energy & Climate Change).We have also received letters of support from David Cameron, (Prime Minister) and Nick Clegg (Deputy Prime Minister).
You can support Bobby and the India Association on their journey by making a donation on the ‘Donate’ page of our website. Every penny raised will go towards our £1.5 million fundraising target, for worthy charities that work to protect children and improve their lives.
For more information about Bobby’s Walk Full Circle, please contact
Dr Rajan Bhanot
T: 07990 750000