Back in 1989, Dr. Henning Butzow began traveling the world via motorcycle. During his extensive journeys, he was impressed by the enormous hospitality and “joy of life” shown by the people he had met.
Now, Butzow wants to give back to society with his Ride of Smiles – a 50,000-mile motorcycle journey around the world. During the trip, which begins in New York on May 1, Butzow will collect donations that will donate to children in need around the world. Butzow’s goal? Collect 50,000 euros during the tour, and the money will be passed on to four-reputable aid projects.
To support Butzow, BMW is donating an R1200GS Adventure for the trip that will take him across North, Central and South America, and into Australia and New Zealand; these locations allow Butzow to trace a symbolic 50 on the map.
Butzow is no stranger to BMW machinery; in 2008, he set off on his Ride of Change, and covered 35,000 km on a BMW F 650 GS Dakar, also for charity.
Anyone who wishes to can follow his progress by way of the GPS LIVE tracking facility in the Ride of Smiles travel blog.
BMW reports that If you would like to make a donation, please visit the Ride-of-Smiles homepage or go directly to the donation pages of the charities Doctors Without Frontiers, Christian Blind Mission, United For Africa or the Bayerischer Rundfunk’s ‘Sternstunden’.
All donations will be passed on to the charities with no deductions and donation receipts will be appended to ensure they are tax-deductible. No donation money is used for the project itself, which is financed entirely from Henning Bützow’s own funding. More than 11,000 euros in donations have already been received, even before the event has got started. The current level of donations can be seen on the homepage or in the Ride of Smiles app, BMW says.
Further information available, visit Ride of Smiles.