Goa, 3 March, 2015: This Valentine’s Day, when the world was celebrating love, Kaustubh Khade embarked upon a daunting challenge of navigating the Arabian Sea from Mumbai to Goa in order to raise funds for Magic Bus. After an 18-day solo-kayaking trip, today marks the last day of his thrilling journey, reaching the shores of Goa.
In India, there are still 60 million people living in poverty today, and many of these are children and young people. Magic Bus is a non-profit organisation working with underprivileged children and youth to help these individuals break out of poverty to a life of opportunities with the help of sports based curriculum.
Sharing the belief with Magic Bus that sports has the capacity and power to change the world, Kaustubh’s efforts aim to help Magic Bus take 1,500 children? out of poverty? into a world of possibilities.
Pratik Kumar, CEO, Magic Bus, said, “We at Magic Bus are extremely delighted to have Kaustubh take this challenge in support of the lakhs of children whose lives we are part of. Together, we are hopeful of creating a new generation of economically independent and socially aware citizens who are fully equipped to participate in shaping their country’s future.”
“We thank Kaustubh for being a crucial part of our mission and congratulate him from Magic Bus team,” he added.
With this initiative, Kaustubh aimed to raise an amount of Rs. 25 lakh for Magic Bus to be contributed towards building the future of India. Additionally, the expedition has landed him in the Limca Book of Records for becoming the first Indian to paddle a distance of 500 km in the shortest possible time.
Speaking on this exciting journey, Kaustubh Khade said, “Every kayaking trip is a unique experience for me and this one was especially closer to my heart, as it was for a greater cause. I am honoured to be part of Magic Bus’ mission of moving children from poverty.”
Trained under 12-time world champion in Surfski racing Oscar Chalupsky, Kaustubh’s first success came at the Nationals for Dragon Boat Racing held in 2012, from where he was selected for the Asian Dragon Boat Championships. At the championship, he secured two silver and one bronze medal.
In 2013, Kaustubh represented India at the Asian Sea Kayaking championship held in Krabi, Thailand and finished 5th out of the 17 participants.
Here’s Kaustubh’s experience of attending a Magic Bus session in Mumbai.
For additional details, kindly read his blogs on his journey at sea from Mumbai to Goa – Paddle Hard.
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