The husband and wife team are crossing the length of Africa to raise awareness and funds for a charity named Motivation that works with paraplegic people in developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.
Forty-four year old Richard broke his neck playing rugby in his college days leaving him partially paralyzed; hence the couple chose to support a charity helping disabled people. For Richard and Rachel the cause behind their African journey lies close to home because they know what it is like to cope with disability. About their trans-Africa drive Richard says:
"We want to prove to everyone that disability should in itself be no reason to not achieve your dreams and ambitions."
Richard uses a wheelchair and crutches to move around. For their charity drive through Africa the Harris team will be driving a custom built Land Rover camper, already being shipped to Durban in South Africa.
This adventurous British couple plans to drive from Durban up the Dolphin Coast to the prestigious Hluhluwe Umfolozi Reserve,
the starting point of their Indlovu Trans-Africa Drive. From KwaZulu Natal Richard and Rachel will travel to Cape Town
in their adapted Land Rover, heading up through Africa all the way back to the UK and their home in Torquay, Devon.
The Harris couple has raised 70% of their funding target and hopes to reach their goal this Friday through a fundraiser ball at Newton Abbot RFC. So if you’re in that neck of the woods why not get yourself to the royal-themed farewell ball …
“It’ll be A Right Royal Knees-Up!”
“remove the obstacles that prevent disabled people living in low-income countries from living full and equal lives “
Richard goes on to say that according to the WHO:
"In the developed world a paraplegic can expect more or less a normal life span ... In the developing world they will generally die within two to three years."