PART I: VILNIUS - MUNICH
Mivida Bou Assi
I am currently dedicating as much time as possible to different volunteering projects in Lebanon and planning on doing my masters in Human Rights at the end of summer. I’m extremely excited about the prospect of cycling this July, knowing it’ll bring a huge contribution to the education of our amazing guests! The fact that I haven’t cycled for long or short distances makes this a daunting challenge, especially as cycling in Lebanon is often considered as extreme as bungee jumping. Regardless, focusing on our target and the main goal will certainly help me pull through!
I am working full-time with the Order of Malta in Lebanon on the CARAVAN project and I am also very much involved in the Order on other activities. I admire a lot its work and I think what it does is very important and amazing, given the conditions that the people with disabilities in Lebanon live in, and I am happy to be part of it.
Cycling for almost 1,000km won’t be easy but having a beautiful cause in mind will make everything better and I am looking forward to this amazing experience!
I've been a volunteer in the Chabrouh camps for 5 years now, and am currently studying speech therapy at the Lebanese university. I decided to join Lebanon on Wheels in 2019 because I saw how the contributions of the past years have impacted the lives of our friends in Deir el Salib. Although it's going to be a tremendous challenge both physically and mentally, I am sure my will to help the guests will keep me going.
PART II: MUNICH - ATHENS - BEIRUT
Teresa La Rosee
I am studying for my Bachelor’s degree in German and International Relations at the moment, at Leeds University in England and will be finishing my degree this summer. I have been going to the German summer camps in Lebanon for the past three years and have cherished my time with the guests. Lebanon on Wheels represents a great challenge for me. Nonetheless, I very much look forward to taking it on and can’t wait to get on the road!
I study International Relations and History in my first year at LSE, in London. Following the footsteps of my brothers and sisters, I went to Lebanon last summer to participate in the summer camps and had an amazing time. Lebanon on Wheels represents an immense physical challenge for me but I am confident the vision of the project will continue to motivate me!
MÁLAGA - ROME - BEIRUT
On my gap year, I lived in Lebanon and took part in the caravan project with the Order of Malta. I lived in Lebanon from January 2018 and visited three homes on a weekly basis. In that time I built many personal relationships with the guests in the homes and this made me very passionate about helping Toufic, Abbas and Ahmad who I have gotten to know so well.
I am studying Engineering at Oxford University. My main passion is sport and I greatly enjoyed the physical dimension of this challenge. Meeting the three boys who we raised money for was a particular highlight- it was amazing to complete the trip and see the impact we were lucky enough to have on these three boys, helping them out in their day to day lives.
BERLIN - ATHENS - BEIRUT
Aloys von Hohenzollern
When I took on the Lebanon on Wheels, I was on a gap year doing as many internships and odd jobs as possible. I joined the German summer camp in Lebanon in 2017 for the first time with John Warrender. I am looking forward to seeing all the guests again and to spending another month with them!
I am currently studying German and Politics, at Edinburgh University. I spent a month in Lebanon in 2017, which had a profound effect on me. This motivated me to take on the Lebanon on Wheels with my friend Aloys.
BONN - ATHENS - BEIRUT
I am currently serving in the German Army and stationed in Bad Reichenhall, Bavaria.
Moritz and I decided to spend the summer after finishing school cycling from Bonn to Athens. Although I had only heard of the Lebanon Project and the guests through stories from friends, I was inspired to take on the challenge.
After 28 days of cycling, I flew to Beirut for one month to meet the guests, which made me see that every drop of sweat that I had shed had been worth it.
Hans and I decided to take on the Lebanon on Wheels together as we were school friends looking for a real challenge after our end of year exams and our graduation from secondary school. Cycling together was a fantastic experience and I recently had the opportunity to take part in the camps in the easter of 2019.
In the summer of 2017, I had the pleasure of spontaneously joining the Lebanon on Wheels Team, after one of the team wasn’t able to continue. I accompanied my son Hans, from Bologna to Brindisi. The Italian heat was incredibly demanding, but we had a unique father-son trip for a good purpose, that i didn’t want to miss.
LONDON - ATHENS - BEIRUT
The idea of cycling to Lebanon to raise money started in the Chabrouh summer camps around a beer with the idea of driving from London to Lebanon. After talking about it with George who had cycled the west coast of Italy that summer, we decided that cycling across Europe was realistic. We wanted to fundraise for an aspect of Project Karim, to provide care for our friends throughout the year. We set out in July 2016 from London and our travels took us along the Rhine, over the Alps, down the east coast of Italy to Greece and finally to Beirut.
I cycled from London to Athens with my great friend Auguste during a University summer (2016). With very little innate athleticism, the project was always going to be the driving factor for me. It was amazing knowing that we had something to aim for that so far extended beyond our burning thighs!