“We don’t have millions of dollars or celebrity status, but we do have a Vespa.”

With that simple notion, Tim and Ali Lowry began a 2,286- mile  summer adventure to raise awareness and funding for Hydromissions International, a water ministry that serves third-world countries.

The Lowrys’ mission – named, appropriately, 2 Wheels 4 Water – caught my eye, mostly because they took it upon themselves without prodding from anyone else. Their work was self-driven, and it was genuine.

Their mission: “Save gas. End thirst.”

Their plan:

  1. Use scooters, which cost about 14 cents less  per mile to drive than regular cars, to travel the Carolinas.
  2. Ask for donations/pledges in the amount of that 14-cents-a-mile difference.
  3. Accept any donations, whether they were more of less than the suggested amount.
  4. Pass the money to Hydromissions.
The Lowrys' route.

The Lowrys' route.

In  summer of 2008, the Lowrys carried out their trip, contacting sponsors, designing their route, sweating through a 90-degree heat wave, doing radio interviews, appearing in newspapers, and even passing 2 Wheels 4 Water cards off to toll booth operators to get the word out.

None of the money raised was pocketed or put toward gas.  Every bit of it went directly to Hydromissions, as promised.

Here’s more on how they did it.

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