Fundriding – that means: 1,200 kilometres on a scooter across a fascinating country with breathtaking landscapes, immersion in the relief projects of the Kleine Hilfsaktion, emotional encounters with people in areas that hardly any tourist can reach – and above all: helping people on the spot so they can help themselves. Because every fundrider is not only a traveller but also a development aid worker. Each kilometre driven makes a small but sustainable contribution to development aid in Cambodia.
Impressions of the Fundriding Tour
Fundriding at ZDF
INSTRUKTOR | Roland Debschütz
Former motorcycle racer and pillion specialist. He earns his living as an instructor for racer schools, perfection- and safety training and is probably one of the most experienced racing taxi drivers in Europe. As a founding member and managing director of the Kleinen Hilfsaktion e.V., he provides concrete, practical and unbureaucratic help to self-help in Cambodia since 2007. Roland Debschütz and Jens Kuck will accompany the two groups of six. Roland has already accomplished the Tour in Nov 2015 together with Jens, Susanna, Bong and Phalla and travels through the south-east of Asia by scooter for 30 years now.
GUIDE | Michael Jäger
Michael is the second chairman of the Kleine Hilfsaktion and “Old Asia Hare”: Besides many Cambodia trips, he has also travelled to other countries in Southeast Asia with the Kleine Hilfsaktion. Michael was the owner of Optik Studio Neuss, in which he still works today when he’s not on the other side of the globe. It is therefore hardly surprising that he feels particularly committed to the “Eyesight” project of the Kleine Hilfsaktion. Through the early detection of cataract, he has saved many people from becoming blind. As an excellent travel photographer, he is also the “eye of the tour”.
GUIDE | Rolf Externbrink
Rolf Externbrink is a long-time companion of the Kleine Hilfsaktion. With his marketing agency springer f3 and their donation initiative opportunities, he and his team support the fundraising activities of the association. Since 2014 he has been to Cambodia three times, visited the projects of the KHA and reported on our blog and social media channels. Also, the Fundriding-Tour 2017 will be presented “live” to domestic screens. He drives a Yamaha classic car (TR1). As an additional qualification, Rolf can refer to his experience as a motorcycle soldier of the 6th armoured infantry division in the years 84/85?
Phalla is a very good friend of Roland’s and also runs his own development aid organisation (BBC). BBC is based in Pursat and is also a partner organisation of the kleine Hilfsaktion. Phalla also knows Cambodia and its peculiarities very well. He speaks English very well and is a sympathetic person as well. Fun and good humour are guaranteed with him. Phalla is a specialist in improvisation and organises faster than the problems arise. Somehow he always knows someone who knows someone… he is the ideal guide in all situations of life.
David, whose real name is Sin Kouk, was born in 1981 in a refugee camp in Thailand. Two of his nine siblings died of malaria when his family had returned to Cambodia after the ceasefire with the Khmer Rouge in 1993. David stopped going to school after the 7th grade so that he could work and support his family financially. He married in 2010 but he and his wife have remained childless so far. His wife runs a little greengrocer’s shop close to their rented apartment in Battambang City. The couple dreams of saving enough money to buy their own land, build their own home and start their own business some day.
TOUR-ARZT | Michael Lim
Michael Lim studied medicine at the University of Health Science in Phnom Penh. Today he lives in Pursat with his wife and son and works in a hospital there. Since the traffic in Cambodia is tricky both on overland journeys and on the national roads and in the cities, he accompanies us along the entire route as a “tour doc”. Thankfully, he has not had to convince us of all his skills so far, but he has always been on hand to advise and help the fundriders with minor bruises and stomach upsets.
VAN DRIVER | Sok Khonn
Sok Khonn is “the invisible third” and the driver of our escort vehicle. The luggage is transported in his minivan, a spare scooter together with the day’s meals. As a rule, he usually rides behind the fundrider together with the doc and is therefore always at hand in the event of technical defects. Sok Khonn is a mystery in the sense that you hardly ever heard him speak, but he always appears out of nowhere – exactly the second you need him. We suspect that he has a secret service history 😀