THE NEPAL-INDIA-PAKISTAN SPINAL BEETLE DRIVE

The ‘Great Nepal-India-Pakistan Spinal Beetle Drive’ is a journey from Kathmandu Valley through the Indus-Ganga plain to Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, starting on 4 November and scheduled to end on 16 November 2011. The drive will take place in a 1973 model Volkswagen Beetle, which previously has supported similar fundraisings ride – to Dhaka, in 2002 and 2005.
President of Nepal,H.E Dr. Ram Baran Yadav has graciously consented to flag-off the “Spinal Beetle Drive” at 8:00 am on Friday,4th November, 2011.
The drive is sponsored by the Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre-Nepal, which has faced a sudden need to expand its services, being required to grow from 39 to 51 beds. The Spinal Centre, based in Saanga in Banepa Valley east of Kathmandu, is run entirely on voluntary contributions. Meera Jyoti is present Chair of the Spinal Centre. For details, go towww.sirc.org.np.
The VW Beetle will be driven by journalist, writer and civil-rights activist Kanak Mani Dixit, accompanied by Shanta Dixit, educator. Both are Board Members of the Spinal Centre, which was started in 2001 after Kanak survived a trekking accident that resulted in spinal injury. A back-up jeep will be driven by Suman Khadka, with passengers Naresh Nakarmi (VW Beetle specialist) and Eelum Dixit (for media contact). 
The three-point goal of the Spinal Beetle Drive is to:
a) Raise USD 110,000 for the Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre, at the ‘rate’ of USD 100 per mile, from friends and supporters all over the world. The total driving distance from Kathmandu to Peshawar is 1100 miles.
b) Raise awareness regarding spinal-injury prevention, care and rehabilitation along the route – from Kathmandu through Lucknow, Agra, Delhi, Lahore, Rawalpindi/Islamabad and up to Peshawar.
c) Develop interest in people-to-people ‘connectivity’ across the land borders of these three countries of Southasia.

Scheduled Dates and Itinerary
·              November 4th – Departure from Kathmandu. The drive heads forward from Kathmandu towards the Nepal Tarai. Arrival at Bhairahawa.
·              November 5th – Arrival at Lucknow, India. Drive towards Delhi on 6th.
·              November 7st – Arrival at Delhi via Agra, at the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre at Vasant Kunj, New Delhi.
·              November 10th – Arrival at Amritsar, and then towards to the Wagah-Atari border.
·              November 11th – Arrival at Lahore, Pakistan, visiting the Mayo Hospital.
·              November 14th – Arrival at Rawalpindi, visiting the AF Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine Rawalpindi (approval awaited).
·              November 16th – Arrival at Peshawar, visiting the Paraplegic Centre at Hayatabad.
·              November 17th – Departure from Peshawar.

Contact: Esha Thapa, Director, Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre, Saanga
Mobile: 
98510-70320 e-mail: spinalinju@wlink.com.np, website: www.sirc.org.np

Contact: Kanak Mani Dixit, Founder-Chair, Spinal Centre-Nepal
Nepal mobile: 98510-53209, India mobile: 95607-58147

Twitter: @spinalNepal, Facebook: @spinalNepal

In India:

Dr H S Chhabra (issicon@isiconline.org)
Chief of Spine Service & Medical Director,
Indian Spinal Injuries Centre,
Vasant Kunj Sector C
New Delhi- 110070

Dr. R K Mishra
SIPS Super-Speciality Hospital, Shahmeena Road Chowk
Lucknow
Tel: 522-2258888, 9415171434
E-Mail: drrkmishra@hotmail.comrkmishra@sips.insipshospital@gmail.com

INDIA MEDIA CONTACT:
Shreshtha Kumar
Communicators India
Tel: 46082436 (Ext 37)
Mobile: 98730-77438
Email: shreshtha@communicatorsindia.com
Website: www.communicatorsindia.com

In Pakistan:
Dr Waseem Iqbal
MBBS, Dip Rehab Med, FCPS
Assistant Professor Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Head of Department
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Combined Military Hospital
CMH Lahore Medical College
Lahore Cantt, Pakistan
Office: +92-42-6699-36174
Cell phone: +92-333-5600-504

Dr. Zaheer Gill/Major-General Akhtar
AF Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine(AFIRM)
Abid Majeed Road
Rawalpindi, 46000
Pakistan
Phone: +92 51 561 31721
Mobile: +92-3215178796

Ilyas M Syed
CEO, Paraplegic Centre
Hayatabad, Peshawar
Pakistan
Phone: 001 92 91 921 7900-2
Website: www.paraplegiccenter.org
Mobile: 091 301 884 8845

Dr Khalid Jamil
Head, Rehab Med Department
Mayo Hospital, Lahore
+92 3018411125
drkhalidjamil@yahoo.com




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