15 October 2014

Go Grandriders 不老骑士 (Documentary film)

Would you still dare to dream when you are 80 years old?
I chanced upon this Taiwan's documentary film and was very impressed by the 17 senior Taiwanese motorcyclists who were featured in the film. With a dream to be fulfilled, they embarked on their most daring adventure by riding around Taiwan on a 13 days journey. It was their spirit and positive mindset that made me wanting to write the post about this film. I even got the urge to join them for the ride after watching this heartwarming film.
The journey was realized for them by Hondao Senior Citizen's Welfare Foundation (弘道老人福利基金会). Personally, I thought it was such a great and kind gesture of the Foundation to help the elders to realize their dreams. Initially, the elders might not have been considered medically fit to carry out this journey. 2 of them had cancer, 4 of them require hearing aid, 5 of them have high blood pressure and the journey could be wearisome for them. Nonetheless, with the assistance of the Foundation, the elders started to ride!
I understand the excitement and the bonding session of having rides together. It can be tiring and scary at times. It wasn't easy for them to ride in harsh weathers. Be it in the rain or under the sun, they had to be alert at all times to keep a lookout for oncoming vehicles. It was physically demanding for them but they continued the journey. Thumbs up for them!
Team Leader, Grandpa He (何清桐爷爷)
The only lady rider!
Grandma Ying Mei (映美奶奶)
The Couple Rider
Grandpa Zhang and Grandma Ying Mei
(弘道爷爷 and 映美奶奶)
They also had enjoyable times during the journey. Stopping at the homes to visit other elders, having a bike race at the arcade and some fun moments together.
Grandpa Wang, Grandpa Huang, Grandpa Tan
Grandpa Lai (赖爷爷)
What's more after this journey? The seniors were invited to the States to hitch a ride from San Jose to Los Angeles. They were the passengers on the motorcycles of the BMW Club of Northern California's club members.
See who the riders are!

Photos were taken from Go Grandriders Facebook and GoGrandriders Youtube!
Thank you for producing this film! It is definitely a film not to be missed.
A touching film that will make you cry!
"A dream you dream alone is only a dream.
A dream you dream together is a reality." - John Lennon

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