Italian property entrepreneur races across India raising £19,000 for charity

Michael Hobbs has just returned from India. The property entrepreneur, who founded luxury fractional ownership company Appassionata with his wife and family back in 2005, was part of a team of five friends known as the Bullet Boys.


Together, the Bullet Boys undertook a 2,000 km endurance ride through southern India on Royal Enfield Bullets in order to raise money for the Adventure Ashram charity, which works to help the poorest people living in southern India and the Himalayas.

The aim of the trip was to raise funds and awareness for the Odanadi Charity in Mysore, which rescues children from human trafficking and the Indian sex trade. More than £19,000 was raised in total, which has helped to pay for the construction of a dining hall and kitchens for the rescue home. It was the second such trip to have been undertaken by the Bullet Boys and no doubt will not be the last.

Michael Hobbs, comments,

“2014 was good for me both professionally with Appassionata and personally with the Bullet Boys trip. Being able to finish the year by travelling across India to raise money for charity was an amazing and fulfilling experience.

“The trip certainly took some stamina – 2,000 km often on unpaved roads and mud tracks requires serious grit and determination – but India is such a beautiful and varied country that I felt very lucky to be back there. The Odanadi Charity in Mysore does such incredible work and it was a privilege to be able to contribute to the safe and happy future of the special children with whom they work.”

The trip took the Bullet Boys through terrain ranging from arid plains to dense forests, testing their fortitude and team spirit to the max. There were some exhausting moments, but all five kept in mind their charitable purpose and were able to complete the ride. The next charitable venture is already in the planning stage.

For more information visit, email Michael on or contact the Appassionata team on +39 33154 13225.

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