VESPA GENTLEMAN GIRO
WHO IS BEHIND IT?
Markus André Mayer, 44 years old and a passionate Vespa fan from the beautiful Allgäu region.
In 2017, Markus was able to combine 3 of his passions (Vespa, charity work and social media) into one Giro Germanica to unite them. With the help of Vespa clubs from German-speaking countries, he was able to generate over €25,000 in donations for the German Children’s Cancer Foundation’s Forest Pirate Camp during a 42-day fundraising ride. Of course, the Scooter Center was also part of his Giro Germanica And we supported the campaign.
Now Markus has something new in mind, and the Scooter Center is supporting him again. It is a matter of the heart for us! This time we are the main sponsor and support and sponsor his new mission extensively.
Here on the Scooter Center blog, we will keep you up to date on this year’s mission over the next few months. We start today with the first presentation of the VESPA GENTLEMAN GIRO, look forward to an interview and a making-of of the engine we are building for Markus.
WHAT IS THE MISSION?
Markus has decided to dedicate the entire year 2021 full time to fundraising for children with cancer. He will start with the 3 initiatives to raise funds for 40 cancer organisations in 40 countries across Europe:
- Great European fundraising race
- 10 relay races in different countries
- 1 World Record Poker Run(explanation)
So for 2021 he is planning a much bigger action: within 8 months he wants to unite the whole European Vespa scene by a big fundraising ride around whole Europe with several linked actions to raise at least 250.000€ for 40 national cancer foundations and care centres. To complete this heartfelt project, he will need about 14 months in total. Through various large travel projects, such as his
- 80 days around the world in 2018,
- USA Crossing in 2017,
- or European Tour in 2014,
it was already possible for him to gain a lot of experience and, above all, to make many contacts with scooter riders all over the world.
The contacts to the national clubs throughout Europe make it possible to identify suitable donation targets in advance, such as the Liga contra Cancro in Portugal, and to coordinate the planned measures and events in the respective countries. During the trip, Markus plans to set 3 Guinness Book of World Records and thus also draw the interest of the public and the media to the facilities, clubs and the fundraising campaign.
WHAT IS THE ROUTE?
25.000 km through 40 European countries. The actual route will be determined by the 200+ clubs I want to meet on the way to collect donations.
Even if it doesn’t look like it on this map yet: of course a stop at the Scooter Center is planned again, we’ll keep you posted!
WITH WHICH VEHICLE?
“Eleanore” – the Smallframe Vespa. For the tour he will use a Vespa V50N from 1971. It will be the longest scooter ride on 50cc ever!
We are currently working on the engine of the Vespa, so stay tuned, more about that soon here in the blog.
CAN YOU HELP?
Yes, of course you can help too, Markus is dependent on support and is happy about donations to the individual organisations, more information and donation options here. You are also welcome to share this post with friends via Facebook, Whatsapp etc.