Hong Kong-based charitable foundation
Wheel2Wheel has revealed which charities and NGOs will benefit
from its 100-day enduro-motorbike challenge across 20,000
kilometres through ten countries to Australia.
The Wheel2Wheel fundraiser, supporting one
charitable organisation in each country, sets-off from Hong Kong
on 1 March 2011 – through China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia,
Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Timor Leste to eventually reach
Brisbane in Australia.
“We are delighted that after
18 months intensive due diligence, sifting through hundreds of
worthwhile causes across the region, we are now able to announce
the ten amazing charitable organisations we will be supporting.
These organisations and the people behind them are heroes to us.
Their humanitarian endeavours demand our attention and we want to
celebrate them,” said Morgan Parker, founder of Wheel2Wheel.
Hong Kong -
Wheel2Wheel is supporting the
Clean Air Network (CAN) which combats air pollution and aims to mobilise public support for cleaner air in Hong Kong. Donations received will support campaigns to raise
awareness of the problem and influence public, private and
China - Wheel2Wheel is
supporting the GECKO Project which teaches Chinese school students
about environmental sustainability. GECKO currently provides
thousands of school children across China with access to the
latest environmental education that is not part of the government
curriculum. Donations received through Wheel2Wheel will help
provide an online learning resource.
look for 'out of the box' awareness campaigns that help people
understand the challenges of sustainable development in China and
the importance of environmental education. We are excited to join
Wheel2Wheel team during their South China journey and introduce
the responsible tourism and sustainability to the local schools”
said Mihela Hladin, Director, Greennovate (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
Vietnam - Support for Animals Asia, a charity fighting
to end the torture of moon bears in Vietnam. Wheel2Wheel’s journey
to Animal Asia’s sanctuary aims to raise awareness of this
inhumane and illegal business. Donations will be used to sponsor
the rehabilitation of additional moon bears rescued from
Laos - Wheel2Wheel is supporting
Child's Dream which brings education and healthcare to
under-privileged children across Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and
Vietnam. There is a critical shortage of schools and access to
education in the region, with Laos having the lowest literacy
rates. Donations received through Wheel2Wheel will fund the
building of new schools in Laos.
Foundation is a charitable, not for profit organisation, helping
children and communities in need in the Mekong Sub-Region. We are
very pleased to have been chosen by Wheel2Wheel as the charity
partner for Laos on their very exciting trip from Hong Kong to
Brisbane. All funds received will be put towards our goal of
widening access to education for every child in Laos. A dedicated
Wheel2Wheel school building will be built in Laos,” said Marc
Thomas Jenni, Co-founder, Child's Dream.
Thailand - Wheel2Wheel will support Baan Gerda, a unique orphanage
which focuses on improving the lives of children born with HIV,
with the ultimate aim of enabling them to assimilate productively
into Thai society. Funds raised will help the development of an
organic farming project providing learning, employment and income
for the residents at Baan Gerda.
Wheel2Wheel has chosen to support New Hope which provides food,
medical aid and social services to impoverished
communities in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The donations received through
Wheel2Wheel will support the building of a community centre and
develop enterprises to bring income into the community.
Malaysia - Support is going to Women's Aid Organisation, a
respected pioneer for women’s rights in Malaysia. Discrimination,
access to education and violence against women continues to be a
significant global issue and Wheel2Wheel donations will directly
support the counseling service, child care centre and refuge for
women victims of violence in Malaysia.
"Wheel2Wheel, this is adventure with a heart, it is a receiving
beneficiary's dream. It combines fund raising, public education,
reshaping mindsets, Asian diversity and commonality, and a little
bit of glamour. We are excited to be part of the Wheel2Wheel
adventure in 2011" said Ivy Josiah, Executive Director, Women's
Indonesia - Funding from
Wheel2Wheel is for PanEco, an organization that is committed to
preventing deforestation, preserving the wildlife habitats and
improving the lives of the local people. The coastal peat swamp
forests of Aceh, Northern Sumatra, are among the most precious
natural habitats in the world, but are threatened by palm-oil
plantations. Donations received via Wheel2Wheel will support the
preservation of the Tripa peat swamp forest and aim to halt the
cataclysmic release of carbon emissions into the atmosphere.
“We are glad to announce, that PanEco and YEL were
chosen as the Wheel2Wheel partners in Indonesia. Our commitment to
the preservation of the Tripa rainforests, campaigning for
responsible palm plantations, and conservation of the Sumatran
orangutan impressed Wheel2Wheel, so they will visit our projects
in Aceh in May 2011. We hope that the support from Wheel2Wheel
will help us raise awareness of these issues and continue this
important work" said Regina Frey, President, PanEco.
Timor Leste - The Action for Change Foundation in Timor Leste
helps build a brighter future for vulnerable youths through
training and sport. The area has suffered from violent conflict
for over a decade and with few options, many turn to gangs and
street crime, perpetuating the cycle of violence. Money raised by
donations will help promote peace and non-violence among street
gangs by providing sports and job-skills.
- At the journey’s end in Australia, donations will benefit the
North Australian Indigenous Land & Sea Management Alliance
(NAILSMA) to help promote practical indigenous conservation land
and sea management. For over 40,000 years, indigenous Australians
have been living in harmony with the land and sea, developing a
unique understanding of nature and approach to conservation.
Wheel2Wheel aims to showcase this rich environmental heritage of
indigenous Australians for the world’s education.
Wheel2Wheel is welcoming donations for
this unique social activism adventure. One fun way
to donate is to Live the Dream and ‘Own-a-Km’ for as little as
HK$100 by purchasing a kilometre of the epic journey. Wheel2Wheel
says that all
donations received are allocated 100% to the ten charitable organisations.
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