Bharulata Kamble (centre) with guests at the felicitation event in Luton.
Bharulata Kamble (centre) with guests at the felicitation event in Luton.
Determination, fearless, tough, strong will power - that's Bharulata for you. She dreamt big and achieved it. The story, full of struggles and challenges, seemed almost like a Bollywood plot – 32 countries, one woman, one car, driving over 32,000 km to be the voice for millions of voiceless girls.

The drive entailed the trek of a lifetime, through the Arctic Circle, 2 continents, 6 territories, 9 time zones, 3 deserts, 9 mountain ranges and 32 countries and 12 states of India. And when she returned after successful completion, celebrations and felicitations just can't wait. Her supporters and well-wishers assembled in huge number from various parts of United Kingdom and locally to congratulate and felicitate her.

All Parliamentary Party Group (APPG), together with Inspiring Indian Women Group (IIW), organised a grand welcome for Bharulata on her return to the UK. The event was attended by many important dignitaries and high profile guests. It was hosted by Virendra Sharma, MP for Ealing and Southall. The chairperson of the event was the Mayor of Luton, Tahir Khan. Baroness Verma arrived straight from Strasbourg, France for the event, as she said this was one event she could not miss.

Baroness Verma extolled Bharulata's remarkable feat and how difficult it must have been crossing the Arctic Circle where no human dared to tread. She praised Bharulata for the causes she has been connected with. Not only did she overcome various obstacles to complete this personal goal but also raised funds for Macmillan cancer support and Keech Hospice whilst raising awareness and funds to educate Indian girls.
 
 

Mayor of Luton Tahir Shah said that he was proud of Bharulata's achievement and she had brought Luton on the world map. 

Bharulata aims to start a hospital in her home town in India, reminiscing of the days of how her grandfather lost his life, 30 years back because of the lack of good hospitals.

Rashmi Mishra spoke on behalf of the thousands of women from her group, Inspiring Indian Women. She paid her respects to the courage and spirit of Bharulata which has inspired the members to believe in themselves and to go ahead and realise their dreams as nothing is impossible. She said Bharulata had motivated them to come out of their shells and explore the various options available. 

Rashmi Mishra and Richa Kalra have been working hard to carry this group forward in supporting women from all fields to grow professionally and personally. The group's tagline is 'Lift! Support! Rise!' 

The event ended with an extract from the musical dance drama 'Shakti' prepared and presented by Darshini Joshi from Sanskruti Guru, wherein she spoke about how Bharulata's journey of courage and determination proved to the world that there is 'Shakti' in every woman.

 

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