3 Ply take on the Rickshaw Run 2019

$26,027 of $25,000 goal
Given by 118 generous donors in around 7 months

Three Crohnies, 3000km, one tuk tuk and absolutely no preparation.


We are embarking on the Indian Rickshaw Run in August 2019 to raise money for Crohn's and Colitis NZ.

To sum it up, we will be driving a (personalised) tuk tuk 3000km through India – over 14 days and with as little preparation as possible...

What could possibly go wrong, right?!

A little about us:

We are a science guy, a sales guy and a media gal from New Zealand, who met in January, while volunteering at Camp Purple Live, a camp for children and teens with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.... Here's the kicker, we also all have Crohn's Disease, so naturally we decided to drive a glorified lawn mower 3000km through India (Delhi Belly would be an improvement!) and fundraise to get more kids to the camp next year.

Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are chronic autoimmune diseases that affect the digestive system, collectively known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Both cause debilitating pain, hospitalisations, repeat surgeries and a severely reduced quality of life. New Zealand has the highest incidence rate of IBD in the world. It’s not a pretty disease and despite being more common than type 1 diabetes in New Zealand, it is rarely talked about. Perhaps worst of all, there is no cure and the best treatments are sometimes worse than the disease itself.

That’s why this camp is so important.

At the camp, more than 60 young people from around the country were brought together for a week, where they could have fun, learn more about their chronic diseases, and most of all - realise they aren’t alone in their fight with inflammatory bowel disease.

We all came away from that camp wanting to ensure more children could get to camp in 2020. The camp is run by Crohn's and Colitis NZ, and relies on the generosity of donors, fundraisers and sponsors to get kids to camp, free of charge. In total, it costs about $1250 per child. It’s a huge logistical effort, but it makes all the difference in the lives of these children.

The difference this camp has on their lives is incredible. Over the course of a week, confidence levels shoot up and every child has a twinkle in their eye, as they make friends for life with others just like them.

The incredible onsite medical support team and army of volunteers mean that they get to rock climb, go down ginormous slip‘n slides, go white water rafting, and do all sorts of other things they otherwise might not have the opportunity to do.

As adults, our lives changed for the better too, by meeting all these gutsy young children, who have missed out on many things that make up a normal childhood because of their disease and countless hospital visits. But this camp shows them they can live a good life!

So, we are determined to make this fundraiser epic!

If you love the idea of three Crohnies driving a three wheeled, 145cc Rickshaw from one corner of India to another, we would be forever grateful for any donations or sponsorship opportunities.

Our aim is to raise $15,000!

We are covering our own personal costs, including airfares, food, accomodation, fuel, visas and vaccinations (and an additional $1000 that the Rickshaw Run team require us to raise for Cool Earth to save the rainforests), so 100 per cent of the funds raised on Givealittle will go to Crohn’s and Colitis NZ for Camp Purple Live 2020.

The cool thing is we can decorate our tuk tuk as we please, so we will be plastering the names of our sponsors over our (hopefully) trusty steed.

If you’re interested in sponsoring us and having your name/ brand/ company featured on our rickshaw and as part of our journey please contact us at em.spink23@gmail.com.

We will also be documenting our journey on social media, with blogs and video.

Please see link to Crohns and Colitis website here: https://crohnsandcolitis.org.nz/

Thanks for your support,

Team 3 Ply

Sean, Josh and Emily.

3 Ply's involvement (page creator)

We all have Crohn's Disease and are embarking on the Indian Rickshaw Run in August 2019 to raise money for Camp Purple Live 2020, which is run by Crohn's and Colitis NZ.

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New fundraising target!  15 July 2019



Thank you to everyone - our generous sponsors, our friends, our family and all our supporters out there across the country and overseas, who helped us reach our initial fundraising goal of $15,000!

Now we want to go even higher... After all, we haven't even got to the hardest part yet!

Thank you for helping us ensure children and teens can attend Camp Purple Live - a place where they can have fun, learn more about their chronic diseases, and most of all - realise they aren’t alone in their fight with inflammatory bowel disease.

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Hannah on 06 Oct 2019
Awesome guys! Incredible Brave Determined
Trent on 04 Oct 2019
Well done guys, what an adventure. Good luck with whatever you do next :)
Maree Bardell
Maree Bardell on 04 Oct 2019
Rachael & Mike
Rachael & Mike on 03 Oct 2019
You are such inspiring young people, loved reading and following your adventures, well done Josh & crew
Alex on 02 Oct 2019
Well done! Team work👊
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