OITA – A disabled person will attempt a world-first this week when she sets off to cross 350 km of Australian desert in a solar-powered car, according to her Oita-based promoter.
Erina Kawakami, 28, will set off Thursday on a journey across the Simpson Desert in central Australia that she hopes to complete in six days, according to the Information Center for Adapted Actions. “I’ve bought a winter sleeping bag, insect repellent to drive away scorpions and snakes, and medicines for the stomach,” said Kawakami, who has been paralyzed from the waist down since being stricken with polio at the age of three.
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