How the return of Wheel2Wheel founder Morgan Parker is also social media’s success

August 26, 2011

How fast time flies. It was not too long ago when Wheel2Wheel founder Morgan Parker embarked on a historical journey. A journey that was borne out of sheer passion to help others, a philanthropic journey that, truth be told, had the makings of a great reality adventure show – 25,000 kilometers, 125 days, 10 humanitarian causes – aboard a motorcycle, no less!

Now, he’s back. After a successful adventure aboard his trusty motorbike, and with generous support from sponsor Hudson, Morgan Parker received the ultimate red carpet treatment on August 23, 2011. He also shared some of his amazing stories from the road including the misadventures and trials. The event was also serve as a launch pad of sorts for the upcoming Wheel2Wheel TV series.

Do you know, though, that over and above the successful charity ride of Morgan Parker, over and above the adventure and the show of humanity and care for others, this event also signals the success of social media? It signals the success of technology, of cost-efficient advertising and advocacy channels, of people empowerment and of social good.

Social media has played, is playing and will for sure continue to play a great role in not only Morgan Parker’s recent successful motorcycle expedition but also in Wheel2Wheel’s operation.

Because of social media, the independent, non-profit organization now enjoys tremendous support and donations not only from individuals but from other groups and associations as well. Because of social media, Wheel2Wheel’s causes have been made known and through the easiest, fastest and most cost-efficient methods possible. Because of social media, people’s innate desire to help was ignited and it did not take long before they made Wheel2Wheel’s messages, videos, pictures and weblinks viral. Talk about free and easy advertising! Because of social media, Morgan Parker, his staff, supporters, fellow volunteers and partners have proven that there should never be any reason not to go out there and do your share.

Morgan Parker’s journey was a success, all right. Hands down. And social media was part of the entire adventure.

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Wheel2Wheel founder finishes amazing 125-day adventure

July 14, 2011

Morgan Parker, founder of non profit organization Wheel2Wheel, has come home…and he even arrived in style. Arriving on the 4th July at around noon, he was welcomed by friends, family, local motorbike riders as well as supporters. He led a pack of people mighty proud of his achievement. After all, how long has it been since a Brisbane, Australia native finished some 25,000 kilometers through Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Timor-Leste and finally in his native Australia? We may be wrong but we have a feeling that no other Australian has done something like this…and all for charity!

Truly, what Morgan Parker did was an amazing feat. His transcontinental charitable motorcycle expedition took him 125 days on the road but in all these 10 countries, he was able to raise awareness and even provide financial assistance to 10 brilliant yet under-recognized charitable organizations throughout Asia and Australia. To say that what Morgan Parker did was truly inspirational may even still be an understatement.

The Wheel2Wheel founder rode his trusty BMW F800GS motorbike through some of the region’s most beautiful and challenging terrain. He has truly shown persistence, will, dedication and passion for the under-privileged. His feat has become a reminder for those who have lost hope. His feat also serves as an inspiration for those who want to become heroes in their own right. Nothing is impossible. One can start small and one can also start with a big bang. What’s important is that one DOES something.

Morgan Parker’s feat is a great example of someone out there who is willing to cross borders, if only to help some people in need.

Wheel2Wheel is an innovative independent non-profit organisation created to raise awareness and provide financial assistance to brilliant yet under-recognised charitable organisations throughout Australasia. Wheel2Wheel is carbon neutral and entirely self-funded.

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Wheel2Wheel Motorcycle Journey: Stage 1 Hong Kong

December 13, 2010

On March 1, 2011 Morgan Parker and Simon Lock start their 20,000 km, 100 day, 10 country journey for charity by taking it one stage at a time. The name of this enduro adventure is Wheel2Wheel. Wheel2Wheel’s purpose is to raise money and awareness for 10 charities and non-profit organizations across Asia.  The 16 stages on this endurance adventure will take them through 10 countries from Hong Kong to Brisbane. This is a trip that most of us would only dream about.

Wheel2Wheel is 100% self funded. All Donations through “Live the Dream” options is channeled back to the 10 Charities.

Stage one of the trip starts in beautiful Hong Kong. A gem of a city sitting in the South China Sea. Despite its beauty it has terrible problems. Over crowding creates hazardous air pollution levels. Wheel2Wheel has selected Clean Air Network as their Hong Kong Charity.

Clean Air Network (CAN) is an independent NGO which aims to encourage the public to speak out about the health impacts of air pollution. Donations can be made directly to CAN or by sponsoring Wheel2Wheel through “Live the Dream” options. 100% of the profits from Live the Dream will go back to the 10 charities. Find out more about CAN on their website, Facebook or on Twitter.

After settng off on their BMW F800GS motorbikes from BMW Concessionaires (HK) Limited Morgan Parker and Simon Lock will leave Hong Kong and travel north, the noise and pollution of the city slips away and rural land and forests dominate the landscape. There is nothing but open road on the way to the China border. What lies ahead is an adventure waiting to unfold.

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Wheel2Wheel is an independent non-profit organisation which aims to raise awareness and provide financial assistance to brilliant yet under-recognised charities throughout Australasia.  Through its innovative approach of visiting these grass-roots charities 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 media, Wheel2Wheel aims to provide the public with objective insight to the key social, environmental, and humanitarian issues facing the region.

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