He's been so lucky in his life - and he wants to give something back.
Specifically, Markus André Mayer does this with his Vespa tour through Europe.
Hague / Langenbach
Hague / Langenbach
- When he stopped in Haag last week, he had already been on the road for 16 days. Markus André Mayer drives his Vespa V50, built in 1971, through five European countries. With the “Gentleman Giro”, the 44-year-old from Waltenhofen (Oberallgäu district) wants to collect donations and thus support children with cancer. So on Sunday he stopped at the Blechrollerfreunde Langenbach, specifically in a member's garden in Weihrinnen (municipality of Haag). A “heart project” is the tour through Austria, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Luxembourg, says the Vespa friend. Inspired by friends from Italy, he took up the idea five years ago of driving his 2.5 hp scooter across Europe. “Back then, my friends were committed to helping autistic children in Italy,” recalls Mayer.“And that's when I came up with the idea of starting something like that.” It was 2017 when he was able to collect a five-figure sum of donations for children with cancer at his “Giro Germanica”. At that time he also drove through five European countries. He has received support from the numerous Vespa clubs where he has stopped. In the same year he even started a tour “Around the World in 80 Days”. Across America, from Virginia in the southeast to San Diego on California's Pacific coast.He has received support from the numerous Vespa clubs where he has stopped. In the same year he even started a tour “Around the World in 80 Days”. Across America, from Virginia in the southeast to San Diego on California's Pacific coast.He has received support from the numerous Vespa clubs where he has stopped. In the same year he even started a tour “Around the World in 80 Days”. Across America, from Virginia in the southeast to San Diego on California's Pacific coast.
On the current tour, he supports the “Waldpiratencamp” children's cancer foundation in Heidelberg.
There, children between the ages of 9 and 18 are brought back to normal life after acute cancer treatment with experiential education.
Giving back happiness
“I've been so lucky in my life so far,” says Mayer.
“I want to help those who are not doing so well.” He met open ears with his concern at the Blechrollerfreunde Langenbach.
It was immediately clear that the Allgäu would be supported on his tour, reported chairman Thomas Neuner.
When Mayer's online request for a place to stay came to them, it was clear to the members that they would support the good cause.
Sausages and fresh bread rolls were provided.
A barbecue evening was organized in the garden of a member in Weihrinnen in the municipality of Haag.
Mayor Anton Geier, also the owner of a cult scooter, was there.
Incidentally, Langenbach's mayor Susanne Hoyer came out as a passionate Vespa driver.
For years, she said.
The Italian way of life was even conveyed to her by two models that were in her garage.
Souvenir photo: Thomas Neuner and Kran Khaki (tin roller friends) with Markus André Mayer (from left).
Escorted to the Ampertal
Vespa fans from many surrounding districts came to the event on Sunday after Weihrinnen. Around 30 of them set out in the late afternoon to escort Mayer from Moosburg to the Ampertal. He started in the morning from the Upper Austrian capital Linz. On small streets, as he reported. Slows down an hour at just 47 kilometers. “I am only allowed to drive my Vespa on country roads,” says the man from the Allgäu and laughs. He had been alone on all of his tours. Vespa friends celebrated the remarkable event carefully and with the necessary corona distance. Beer tables and benches were set up in the garden. The “gentleman outfit” - he actually tours in the sunshine with a suit and tie - he had taken off on Sunday and slipped into overalls."If it is changeable, it is better to do so," said the scooter driver. Otherwise rain doesn't bother him. He is in line with Karl Valentin, who is said to have once said: "I am happy when it rains, because if I am not happy, it also rains".
Preparing for more
Incidentally, he sees the current tour “only” as preparation for a big thing next year.
Then his tie would have to fit well for eight months across Europe, from Cyprus to Iceland, from Portugal to the North Cape.
From May 2022, he wants to cover 25,000 kilometers on his “50 cubic centimeter”.
And even make it into the Guinness Book of Records with this “Gentleman Giro”.
Of course, he hopes that this will also generate media attention for his fundraising campaign.
Incidentally, the willingness to donate was exceptionally high among the Blechrollerfreunde Langenbach.
1500 euros were presented for children's cancer aid.
From the district of Freising, the tour of the Allgäu continued in the direction of Ingolstadt, Nuremberg, Leipzig, Plauen, Rostock, Flensburg, Luxenburg and via Bochum back to Stuttgart, where it started at the beginning of July.
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