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Hong Kong (DATE) – On Sunday 26 August 2012, Philanthropic adventurer Morgan Parker’s triumphant expedition from Hong Kong to Australia premieres on National Geographic Channel.
The 10 episode “Wheel2Wheel” series will track Parker’s 25,000 kilometre 125 day journey through Asia to showcase the work of ten charitable organizations tackling some of the world’s most pressing humanitarian issues.
Filmed in HD, the series is visually breathtaking, inspiring, educational, and always entertaining. It’s full of never-seen-before locations and remarkable interviews revealing untold stories. Wheel2Wheel will captivate viewers from beginning to end.
“I’m delighted to share the experiences of my life-changing charity adventure and hope it inspires others to support the amazing organisations featured in the series”, commented Parker.
This innovative adventure travel show will broadcast weekly on the Nat Geo Adventure channel (and the National Geographic Channel in Hong Kong) at 8:00 pm on Sunday nights across 21 countries throughout Asia, the Middle-East, Australia and New Zealand.
FOX International Channels’ Senior Vice President of Advertising Sales and Partnerships for APAC and Middle East, Mr. Simeon Dawes explained, “Our channels present exhilarating stories and thrilling imagery enabling the audience to stretch their limits and understand the real world beyond their borders. Wheel2Wheel’s combination of human exploration and philanthropic endeavour pushes the adventure genre in an exciting new direction.”
To arrange an interview with Wheel2Wheel, FOX International Channels and/or Siren Films please contact:
Amanda Chan Kelly Jang
Oat Promotion FOX International Channels
+852 6240 1668 +852 2621 8875
To discover more about Wheel2Wheel please visit:
About Wheel2Wheel –
Wheel2Wheel is an independent non-profit organisation created to undertake televised enduro-adventures that raise awareness of humanitarian issues and provide financial assistance to brilliant yet under-recognised charitable organisations throughout Asia. All funds raised from expeditions are directed towards the nominated humanitarian causes and charitable organisations.
More about Morgan Parker –
Morgan Parker, a successful corporate executive based in Hong Kong
is a recognized, high profile figure in the Asian real estate industry. During his 15 years in the region with Morgan Stanley, Macquarie Bank, Lend Lease and most recently as President of US-listed retail developer Taubman Asia; his corporate achievements have propelled him to board positions with numerous industry bodies.
Morgan’s philanthropic interests are born out of desire to find a more active and engaged approach to charity, combined with a personal goal of testing his limits in the name of humanity. He has committed himself to Wheel2Wheel’s first expedition by putting aside 3 years of his corporate life to prepare for and complete the enduro-adventure, then executive produce the ten episode documentary television series.
More about the 1st Expedition –
On 1 March 2011, Morgan Parker embarked on a 125 day expedition through some of the most beautiful and at times most inhospitable terrain in the world, aboard a BMW F800GS enduro-motorcycle. The expedition commenced from Morgan’s home of Hong Kong, continuing into China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Timor Leste and finally, Australia. The epic adventure finished in Morgan’s birthplace of Brisbane.
Along the way, Morgan visited each of the ten carefully selected charitable organisations supported by Wheel2Wheel. Morgan and his team met, interviewed and filmed the principals and beneficiaries of each organisation, discussing the challenges and opportunities for the future, whilst gathering more knowledge on the issues.
The journey, filmed by Hong Kong based Siren Films, is a story to fill the senses: from the chaos of crowded, polluted urban metropolises, the desolation of obscure dirt roads, the thrill and grandeur of mountain terrain, the serenity of coastal vistas, and the vastness of the Australian Outback. Morgan travelled past and through national monuments, sacred sites, precious rainforests and natural disaster areas – from cities of millions to villages of a few.
The logistics of the journey were enormous from visas to carnets, border crossings in communist countries, water crossings from island to island, bike servicing and break downs, security concerns, unexpected encounters, not too mention the physical and mental challenge of being in the saddle for 125 days.
The expedition and Wheel2Wheel’s mission has received tremendous support globally with media and online resources. Morgan was greeted by Heads of State, United Nations senior representatives and political leaders throughout his expedition. Wheel2Wheel’s Facebook page has over 30,000 fans, its website and YouTube channel have attracted over a million visitors and its popularity continues to grow to this day.
More about the Charitable Organisations –
The ten organisations featured in the television series were selected after an 18 month evaluation period during which over 300 charities were evaluated.
The final line up includes:
Hong Kong – Clean Air Network – air pollution
China – GECKO – environmental education for children
Vietnam – Animals Asia – exploitation of Asiatic Black Bear
Laos – Child’s Dream – building schools
Cambodia – New Hope – education &health care for impoverished
Thailand – Baan Gerda – orphanage for HIV-infected children
Malaysia – Women’s Aid Organisation – violence against women
Indonesia – PanEco – carbon emissions and habitat destruction
Timor-Leste – Action for Change Foundation – vocational training for conflict youths
Australia – North Australia Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance –Aboriginal conservation practices
About National Geographic Channel
National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) invites viewers to live curious through its smart, innovative programming that questions what we know, how we view the world and what drives us forward. A business enterprise owned by National Geographic Television (NGT) and FOX Entertainment Group, NGCI contributes to the National Geographic Society’s commitment to exploration, conservation and education through its six channels: National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Channel HD, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Wild HD, Nat Geo Adventure and Nat Geo Music.
Globally, National Geographic Channel (including NGC U.S., which is a joint venture of NGT and Fox Cable Networks Group) is available in more than 370 million homes in 188 countries and 37 languages. For more information please visit: www.natgeotv.com.
About Nat Geo Adventure
Bold, high impact and exciting, Nat Geo Adventure unleashes the spirited adventurer in all of us. Nat Geo Adventure chronicles the unfiltered experiences of young travellers whose journeys take them to the edge. Exhilarating stories and thrilling imagery fuels an audience eager to stretch their own limits and understand the real world beyond their borders. Nat Geo Adventure reaches more than 8 million homes in 27 markets around the world including Australia, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Middle East, Pakistan, Taiwan and across South East Asia. The channel is also available in High Definition. For more information please visit: www.natgeoadventure.tv.