Mumbai: Veteran expeditor, cancer survivor will drive again
Mumbai: Veteran expeditor and cancer survivor Bharulata Patel-Kamble will drive again, but this time with her two young children, aged 13 and 10 years. She will commence the expedition in just over two months after her life-changing cancer surgery. Born in Navsari town of Gujarat and married to a surgeon (urologist and robotic surgeon) of Maharashtrian origin from Mahad in Raigadh district, Bharulata Patel-Kamble, a mother, a wife, a cancer survivor, a lawyer, and a former civil servant of the British government, but most of all she is a passionate motorsports expeditor.
Bharulata is well known for her successful solo drive through the Arctic Circle and 32 countries in 2016. She is the first woman who drove the longest distance in the Arctic Circle covering 2,792 kilometres in just 39 hours. She drove through 2 continents, 32 countries, 12 states of India and a mammoth distance of 35,383 kilometres, without a backup vehicle or a backup crew.
This time, the trio (team of mother and kids) will cover 10,000 kilometres in 20 days through the Arctic circle and 14 countries. This would be the first such expedition in the world of mother and children, and the kids will be the first to reach the Arctic expedition. The trio will hoist the flag of India at Nordkapp in the Arctic Circle (northern most drivable mainland point). The expedition would be 100 per cent plastic free and promotes 'Say No To Plastic'. The expedition is also aimed to raise cancer awareness among Indian females. Moreover, it would also promote 'Save Girls, Educate Girls' (Beti Bachoa, Beti Padhao).