17th Mar 2013

Tuktuk for Pinith...

Hello everyone. We have created this event in the hope of raising funds to buy a tuktuk for a wonderful young Sri Lankan man who we have become very good friends with, and who's future would look very different and a whole lot brighter if we can succeed in helping him achieve this dream of his.

Owning and driving his own tuktuk is Pinith's biggest dream as it would enable him to support himself and his family for many years to come, maybe even for the rest of his life, and this is an otherwise unachievable target for a young, injured Sri Lankan.

Due to an accident a few years ago, Pinith has badly damaged tissue in his right arm and hand, so he is unable to get a job in one of the many restaurants, cafe's or hotels in Hikkaduwa. Also regularly occurring severe headaches makes it very hard for him to have any job with set working hours. His current job is selling coconuts on the beach, all day in the sweltering sun. Each coconut he sells makes approx 90rupees, which is 40p/4,50 kr) He sells on average between 4 and 8 coconuts a day, on a good day more, and now that the tourist season on this coast is coming to an end the sales are decreasing day by day. A tuktuk driver makes on average 2000 rupees a day and has work even when there are no tourists since locals use tuktuks for transportation as well.

A 2nd hand tuktuk costs around 300,000R:€1500/£1700/SEK15000 and we are hoping to raise as much of that as possible.

A driving license certificate from the government we will arrange and pay for him to get within the next few weeks.

From spending time with him here in Sri Lanka we would describe Pinith as a very happy, beautiful and gentle person, and we truly do feel that this Bob Marley lookalike is so deserving of this achievable target with our help. He says, and we know, that he will be forever grateful for any help he can get.

If you can and want to help us in this mission, PLEASE donate an amount of your choice by transferring your donation to either of the bank accounts below and write "Pin" and your name in the comments/message section. We will keep you all updated on how much we have raised and how everything is going. If or when we have enough funds to buy a tuktuk, one or all of us (Dom, Jon, Linn and Johan) will personally go with Pinith to get the tuktuk.

If you know anyone who isn't already within this group that you think may be willing to donate just a few pounds/euro's/kronor/anything, please invite them.

If you have any questions please post here or contact us on either our facebook or on email.

Thank you!!
Loads of love from Dom, Jon, Johan and Linn

annlinee@hotmail.com (Linn)
tribesession@hotmail.com (Johan)
info@jonlewin.com(Jon)
dlbowden@hotmail.co.uk(Dominique)

IF YOU KNOW OF ANY BUSINESSES OR SPONSORS WHO MAY BE INTERESTED IN ADVERTISING ON PINITH'S TUKTUK, PLEASE PUT THEM IN CONTACT WITH US!!!

♥ ONE LOVE ♥

Here's the link: http://www.facebook.com/events/136370239872585/?fref=ts