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.

Find Wheel2Wheel on:
www.youtube.com/wheel2wheelchannel
www.facebook.com/wheel2wheel
www.twitter.com/wheel2wheelteam
http://www.bmwunstoppable.com/unstoppable/wheel2wheel.htm


Wheel2Wheel: Vietnam and Animals Asia

December 23, 2010

On 1 March 2011 Morgan Parker and Simon Lock set off from Hong Kong on a 20,000 km, 100 day, 10 country enduro adventure, Wheel2Wheel.  Wheel2Wheel‘s purpose is to raise money and awareness for charitiable organisations across Asia and Australia.  Wheel2Wheel also aims to inspire others to step out of their comfort zone and do more to help others. The 10 country motorbike journey will take them from Hong Kong to Brisbane.  After passing through China, Wheel2Wheel will traverse Vietnam putting the spotlight on animal cruelty and the illegal poaching of moon bears for bile extraction in support of Animals Asia.

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After crossing the China-Vietnam border, Morgan and Simon will tackle a dangerous 200km ride along the picturesque northern Vietnamese coastline to the beautiful Halong Bay.  Here theWheel2Wheel Team will witness at close range thousands of amazing limestone pinnaclesprotruding from the waters at Vietnam’s most famous World Heritage site.


Halong Bay



Cruising down a highway for 150km, the Wheel2Wheel team heads to the charming and historical city of Hanoi. As Wheel2Wheel continues their journey west, the Team will cross thelower ranges of the Tonkinese Alps down into beautiful valleys of classic Vietnamese rice fields.

 

The wild forests of Vietnam once provided the most nurturing habitats for both the Malayan sun bear and the Asiatic black bear (or moon bear). However, illegal poaching of bears has caused the numbers of both species to decline dramatically.  Asiatic black bears and sun bears are now facing total decimation in the wild as a result of the establishment of hundreds of illegal facilities, which keep bears for the extraction of bile.






Founded by Jill Robinson, Animals Asia team have been investigating bear farming in Vietnam since 1999. Today there are 3,410 farmed bears in Vietnam with another 602 captive bears used for display purposes.  Animals Asia is in need of help to raise funds for the Moon Bear Rescue Centre in Tam Dao National Park. They are now in the middle of building Phase Two which comprising dens, semi-natural enclosures, and rehabilitation areas for severely disabled bears. They also employ a veterinary team on site, bear managers and local workers – a team of people who will be there to care for the bears for their lifespan of 25 years or more. To stay tuned on all the wonderful things Animals Asia are doing, join their Facebook Page:http://www.facebook.com/AnimalsAsia

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.

Wheel2Wheel is 100% self funded. All donations through our “Live the Dream” options are channeled back to the 10 charitable organisations.

Find Wheel2Wheel on:
www.youtube.com/wheel2wheelchannel
www.facebook.com/wheel2wheel
www.twitter.com/wheel2wheelteam
http://www.bmwunstoppable.com/unstoppable/wheel2wheel.htm



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 http://www.hongkongcan.org, 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.

About Wheel2Wheel:

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.

Find Wheel2Wheel on:
www.youtube.com/wheel2wheelchannel
www.facebook.com/wheel2wheel
www.twitter.com/wheel2wheelteam
http://www.bmwunstoppable.com/unstoppable/wheel2wheel.htm