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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Charles Chan in Beijing August 12

August 13, 2008

Charles continues to struggle with the technology hurdles to bring us up-close and personal coverage of the Olympics like only he can tell. In this Vlog he shares with us the excitement of seeing his school mates take home the gold, Xiao Qin and Huang Xu. Yes, a number of the China Olympic Men’s Gymnastics team come from the same school that Charles trained at and is currently staying at making this a very emotional experience for him. Excitement continues as the games progress to the Women’s competition tonight where he will be front row to wish them on to victory. Charles is also full on with all the party action in Beijing as he takes us through a tour of Tiananmen Square where everyone is having fun.

Charles 克服技術上的問題,為我們帶來親身的報導.在這次報導,分享了他的興奮心情,因為肖欽和黃旭 奪得金牌.他們是中國國家體操奧運代表隊成員之一,現在正在受訓及住宿的體育學校,正是Charles 曾受訓的體育學校.興奮心情仍節節上升,因為中國女子體操代表隊將在今晚參與比賽,Charles 將會坐在前排為她們加油,期望她們得到勝利.另外,Charles 亦會帶我們遊覽天安門,該處滿是熱鬧氣氛.

Win great prizes with Travel+Leisure Southeast Asia

April 8, 2008

Win great prizes with Travel+Leisure Southeast Asia
Travel+Leisure Southeast Asia, an exiting new magazine, has launched a unique online competition. To win great prizes, go to the dedicated website and upload videos, travelogues and photographs of your favourite travel experience. Travel+Leisure Southeast Asia is the latest publication from American Express Publishing specially tailored for South East Asia. Get your pencils ready, pull-up those videos and digital photographs of your favourite travel experience and participate!