Help Minhyeong Kim replace his stolen gear!
This campaign has been setup by friends of Minhyeong Kim who are helping him get back on the road after having all his gear stolen during his 2 year solo cycling trip from Canada to Argentina.
His story has been featured on many local Portland news stations.
***Some transparency about how the gofundme funds will be transferred to Minhyeong. Minhyeong does not have a U.S. bank account. However, all gofundme campaigns must be deposited into a U.S. bank account. So in order to get the funds to Minhyeong, Chris Ward, one of his friends here in Portland that has been helping him out, has been appointed as the beneficiary by Minhyeong. Upon receiving the funds from the campaign, Chris will immediately transfer the funds from his U.S. bank account to Minhyeong's South Korean bank account (a simple process for Chris since he is also a resident of South Korea with a Korean bank account). Chris has successfully managed recent transfers between his and Min's accounts when Min received in-person cash donations at a local fundraiser.***
Here is a message from Minhyeong that he wrote right after his bike was stolen:
"Hello, my name is Minhyeong Kim, and I’m from South Korea. I’m traveling from Canada to Argentina by my bicycle. In 2016, I worked in South Korea to prepare travel expenses, and then on May 27, 2017 I started from Edmonton, Canada to Portland, Oregon via Vancouver Canada , It took 35 days and 1500mi.
At 10pm, June 30, 2017, I stopped to buy some stuff at the supermarket (3805 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214), taking my cellphone, a camera and a wallet into the store, locking my bicycle with most of my gear parked in front of an entrance of the supermarket for 10 minutes. When I came out from the supermarket, my bicycle had disappeared along with everything I had (laptop, a tent, clothes, panniers, camping gear, and food). Someone cut my lock and stole my bicycle. I couldn’t believe it. I though that I mistaken for a different entrance. I was shocked, and I got into a panic. I made a call to 911, and I tried to checked a security camera at the supermarket, they said that they will contact me repeatedly, but they couldn’t help me to find my bicycle. I really regret that I wasn't more careful, and I have cried and I felt guilty, anger and sadness, I haven’t slept well so far, and I even found a return ticket home.
I had worked and saved money for 1 year for this journey. I planned for 2 years of travel from Canada to South America by my bicycle, and my dream was gone.
Now, the reason that I’m writing is that I want to find funds to buy a used bicycle and stuff because It’s depressing to return to my country. I don’t want to give up this journey, but I have to fix this circumstance.
I want to sustain my journey, I want to feel the great nature in the U.S. If I am able to raise enough funds, I will not forget this favour, and I would like to introduce the great nature of the U.S through my blog, Facebook and Instagram.
I heard from someone that one's life ends not when he fails but when he gives up. I don’t want to give up.
Thank you for reading.
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/kim.minhyeong.9
Blog : blog.naver.com/alsgud0404
- Susan Pinski
- Dan Tochen