Wheel2Wheel: North Laos and Child’s Dream

January 5, 2011

On March 1, 2011 Morgan Parker  will embark on his Wheel2Wheel enduro adventure.  A 20,000 km, 100 day, 10 country journey, Wheel2Wheel aims is to raise money and awareness for charitable organisations across Asia and Australia.  In mid-March, after tackling the illegal moon bear issue of Vietnam in support of Animals Asia, the Wheel2Wheel riders will arrive in Laos where they will highlight the educational needs of marginalized children and youth in support of Child’s Dream.

Wheel2Wheel is 100% self funded. All Donations through “Live the Dream” options are channeled back to the 10 Charities. The donations allocated toChild’s Dream will help build a school in Laos.

 

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The journey through Laos encompasses a visit to the haunting Vieng Xai caves, the mysterious Plain of Jars, the remote Bolevan Plateau and the charming Luang Prabang and Vientiane.

The beautiful Landscape of Laos cannot disguise the troubled history of the country from domination by Thailand, French colonialism, devastation from the Vietnam War and isolation due to communist rule.  Laos is one of the least developed countries in the world, as listed by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).  Education is poorly funded and over 30% of the population is illiterate.

Child’s Dream‘s main goal is to empower underprivileged children in the Mekong Sub-Region by providing them with better education infrastructure. In 2010 alone,Child’s Dream helped renovate 6 schools in Laos so that each facility is able to accomodate more students in the community.


Baan Khon Piak Primary School Before

Local villagers built this school with local materials and some zinc for the roof.  Due to poor construction materials and the villagers’ lack of expertise, the building often required repairs. The team at Child’s dream helped the community build a new school, furnished the classrooms with better quality desks and chairs, and installed four toilets and a water system to improve the students’ health.


Baan Khon Piak Primary School after renovation


About Wheel2Wheel:

Wheel2Wheel is an independent non-profit organisation created by Morgan Parker to raise awareness and provide financial assistance to brilliant yet under-recognised charitable organisations throughout Australasia.  Through its innovative approach of visiting these grass-roots organisations during motorbike enduro-adventures, Wheel2Wheel can experience first-hand the deeds and needs of the people on the ground.  By harnessing the support of mass mediaWheel2Wheel aims to provide the public with objective insight to the key social, environmental, and humanitarian issues facing the region.

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Architect Frank Gehry’s First Exhibition in China houses at Sanlitun Village, Beijing

January 5, 2011

“Frank Gehry. Architect”, the first exhibition of the Pritzker Prize-winning architect held in China, has been welcome by the public since its grand opening on 18 October 2010.

Renowned for his extraordinary contributions to the field of architecture and design, Frank Gehry received several of the most significant awards in architecture. The “Frank Gehry. Architect” exhibition presents a selection of projects spanning the architect’s career, including his most celebrated buildings, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown LA, United States. “Frank Gehry. Architect” also unveils the creative process behind Gehry’s first residential development in Asia, Swire Properties’ 53 Stubbs Road in Hong Kong. Through drawings, models, photographs and video footage, visitors have an opportunity to follow the unique creative journey of this exceptional architect.

“Frank Gehry. Architect” exhibition is organised by Swire Properties Limited, a leading developer of upscale commercial and residential properties in Hong Kong and Mainland China. Swire Properties also has major mixed-use projects currently under development in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai. Swire Properties’ existing China developments, The Opposite House hotel and Sanlitun Village, have become new landmarks in Beijing.

The exhibition marks the first opportunity for audiences in China to explore Gehry’s design. Frank Gehry says, “Our first building in China will be completed in 2012 in Hong Kong, and I am very excited at the prospect of sharing the evolution of this special development with the people of Beijing. I hope the exhibition will inspire visitors as well as offer them a greater insight into how we work,” said Gehry, who is the Design Architect for Swire Properties’ 53 Stubbs Road project in Hong Kong.

Martin Cubbon, Chief Executive of Swire Properties expresses,“We are delighted to be the first to bring the work of this celebrated architect to China”.  Cubbon also believes that, “Frank Gehry is one of the most important and visionary architects of modern times and we are privileged to be able to collaborate with such a distinguished talent. Swire Properties is particularly pleased to be able to share our passion for inspirational design with the Beijing public through this exhibition, which demonstrates our commitment to bringing exciting and enriching events to Sanlitun Village.”

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