Maximilian and Nono are two friends who, after volunteering in Guatemala, decided to build a school to improve the lives of 400 children. Learn how you can help them reach their goal.
How do you picture someone who cycles 10,000 miles around the world? You're probably thinking of a professional cyclist or a hardcore adventurer, someone who did dozens of tours before and now decided that it’s time to step up and tackle the whole world. Well, these two friends do not fit into this picture at all but are currently cycling from Germany to China. And it is all for a great cause!
In August 2018, Maximillian Jabs and Nono Konopka (both 25) had just graduated and never really sat on a bicycle saddle before for more than 10 miles or trained for a long trip by bike. Family and friends told them they were crazy when they began talking about their project Biking Borders. No one really believed that they would actually go through with it and start cycling. Now, after half of the trip is almost done, not only friends and family follow the adventure, but thousands of people are cheering for Biking Borders.
They started cycling to build a school for kids in Guatemala. Max and Nono had spent a long-time abroad volunteering with kids and while in Latin America they realized how privileged they were to have received a good education. They decided to do something about it by building an entire school in Guatemala that will benefit more than 400 children. They agreed that, as “two normal students,” they had to do something absolutely crazy to get the necessary attention, and thus, donations for this big project.
And what would be crazier than cycling the world without ever really having cycled before? The name Biking Borders came from the idea that these two non-cyclists are overcoming geographical and mental borders using nothing but a bicycle. It also involves the fact that education should not be restricted or limited by national borders. As they put it, the idea is to bring more "social" into social media, so, naturally, social media plays an important role in their project.
The two believe that social media is often more about superficiality than actually being "social," and that we can all bring more social change into it. By sharing their daily life on the road with the hashtag #moresocialinsocialmedia, Max and Nono have already inspired thousands of people to also use their reach and followers to do good. In return, the two have already collected over 35 thousand dollars for the school and have gotten support from all over the world.
They say that messages like: “You two are inspiring people worldwide, keep going,” or “People like you change the world for good” are what gives them the motivation to keep going no matter how hard it gets.
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