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Army team `drives' home the message

ON A MISSION: Captain Cherry Singh and other team members interacting with schoolchildren at the AOC Centre in Secunderabad on Thursday.

ON A MISSION: Captain Cherry Singh and other team members interacting with schoolchildren at the AOC Centre in Secunderabad on Thursday.  

`K2K Safari rally' to cover 6,100 km from Kargil to Kanyakumari

Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: Their motto: to spread the message of peace, unity and need for education and protecting environment. Their target: to drive from Kargil to Kanyakumari in just 19 days covering 6,100 kilometres. Will they make it?

The 15-member team of the `K2K Safari rally' that started off in five Tata vehicles from Kargil in Jammu and Kashmir on September 15 reached Hyderabad on Thursday. The rally has been organised as part of the eighth AOC re-union

The team drove into the Thapar stadium at the AOC Centre where Brigadier M.I. Hussain, the Commandant, flagged them in as scores of Army personnel and schoolchildren cheered. Lt. Col. Sandeep Madan is leading the team. "The response we got from people of was tremendous. We interacted with children and told them about the importance of education and environment protection," said Lt. Col. Sandeep Madan. He said on an average they covered over 400 km.

Only woman member

"All through, we met families of those who died in the Kargil war. We interacted with several people and schoolchildren and they were keen on joining the Army. It was a lifetime experience for me," said the only woman member of the team, Captain Cherry Singh. Did they face problems in the journey? "Yes, we did. But then, it is all part of the safari. Without hurdles, one cannot succeed," said another team member, Major D.P. Singh. The mission would end when they touch Kanyakumari in the next four days.

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