Marcel Bootsman, a very active member of the WordPress community, will be walking from his home in The Netherlands to WordCamp Europe 2019, held in Berlin. That’s a whopping 700 km, door to door. It started out as just a fun idea, Bootsman said, but then quickly turned into something bigger.
Marcel decided to collect donations; not just to cover some of his expenses during the trip itself, but also for DonateWC. Needless to say, we’re mad thankful! His effort will help other community members get to a WordCamp they’d otherwise not be able to attend. If that isn’t community love, we don’t know what is!
You can help!
If you, like us, think this is a crazy awesome thing to do, there are things you can do to help out. First of all, you can make a donation on the WalkToWCEU website. You can donate either to Bootman’s travel expenses or specify that your donation is meant for DonateWC. Either way, you’ll be seen as a rock star!
You can also help by spreading the word. Here are a couple of ready-to-go tweets you can use:@mbootsman needs places to sleep along his #WalkToWCEU route. Can you help? https://walktowc.eu/route/ Click To Tweet @mbootsman will be walking from his home in Rotterdam (NL) to WordCamp Europe in Berlin (DE), raising donations for @Donate_WC. That's 700km! Help make #WalkToWCEU a giant success, donate today at: https://walktowc.eu/donate Click To Tweet @mbootsman will be walking to WordCamp Europe in Berlin. Check out his progress at https://walktowc.eu/ Click To Tweet
Last but not least: Marcel is still in need of places to sleep along his route. Know of a couch he can crash in Germany? Let him know!
As Marcel’s trip will take around 30 days, he will not be able to work during that time. As he is self-employed, you can imagine what effects that have on his finances. Marcel is doing this out of love for the community – it would be great if the community loves him back just the same!
If you are or know of a company that’s interested in non-traditional ways of sponsoring WordPress community efforts, this is the place to be: https://walktowc.eu/sponsoring. There are some pretty spectacular perks available, at any price range!
We from DonateWC would like to thank Marcel for his amazing initiative. People like you are what make the world a better place!