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Mission on the wheels by three women

Embarking on a mission on the wheels, three enterprising women have pledged to eradicate illiteracy.

Meet the trio- Mrs. Meenakshi Arvind (45), Mrs. Mookambika Rathinam (38) and Mrs. Priya Raheja (55). Bubbling with youthful exuberance, the middle-aged women drivers on an SUV made their way to Bhubaneswar during the course of their arduous road journey from Coimbatore to London.          

XPD 24/70, a unique road trip by three intrepid woman drivers who are driving by an SUV (Tata Hexa) to promote the Literacy Mission of Rotary was flagged off here by Brigadier Rotarian Narayan Nayak, District Governor, Rotary District 3262 and first lady Mrs. Sunanda Nayak.

The event was organised by the only all ladies Rotary Club of Odisha, the Rotary Club of New Horizon. Padmashree writer Mrs. Sakuntala Baliyar Singh, who graced the occasion, lauded the ladies’ adventurous spirit and noble mission.

Speaking on the occasion, Padmashree danseuse, Mrs. Aruna Mohanty said that the three ladies were role model for women all over the world. Mrs. Ushashee Mishra, Cine star who was part of the fleet of ten cars which escorted the ladies to the exit of the city, said that she would love to join the three musketeers on the road.

President of the Kalinga Motor Sports Club (KMSC), Mr. Praveen Kumar Bhanjdeo, MLA, called the effort an impressive and remarkable effort even for seasoned rallyists. Also present were past Rotary district Governor, Mr. Sibabrata Das, President and Secretary of the Rotary Club of New Horizon, Purabi Das and Dr TarulkataDwivedy, members of the Club, participants of the recently organized all woman's TSD car rally by the E Rotary Club in Bhubaneswar and members of the KMSC. The event was sponsored by Bharat Motors, Mayfair Lagoon, Gugnani Tyres, Surya Foods & Chevrolet Beat.

The drivers led by Mrs. Meenakshi Arvind, aged 45 yrs, Mookambika Rathinam, aged 38 and Priya Raheja aged 55 are making for an adventurous overland trip across two continents, 24 countries and 24,000 kilometres in 70 days. XPD is short for 'Expedition' and 24/70 stands for 24 countries and 70 days. Mrs. Meenakshi Arvind, who is a textile mill owner from Coimbatore but is now based in Dindigul, is the brain behind this expedition. Mrs. Mookambika is an agriculturalist from Pochai and Priya, an advertising professional.

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