BMW of North America Employees Give Send-Off to Ride of Smiles Organizer Dr. Hans-Henning Buetzow

Employees Ride Their Motorcycles to Work in Show of Support for Charity Ride

WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ – May 18, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Employees of BMW of North America, L.L.C. welcomed Dr. Hans-Henning Buetzow to BMW’s corporate headquarters today and gave him an official send-off for his charity motorcycle ride that will traverse 50,000-miles and raise an anticipated 50,000 euros for children in need throughout the world.

150518   In a show of support for Dr. Hans-Henning Buetzow's 50000-mile Ride of Smiles charity motorcycle journey

Dr. Buetzow will complete his Ride of Smiles journey aboard a BMW R 1200 GS Adventure motorcycle. His route, which will trace a symbolic 50 on the world map, will take him across North, Central and South America as well as Australia and New Zealand. His goal is to raise at least 50,000 euros for four charitable organizations: Doctors Without Borders, Christian Blind Mission, United for Africa, and Sternstunden, the Bavarian TV and Radio Broadcast.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Buetzow to BMW today to give him a proper send-off on his long and ambitious journey,” commented Kris Odwarka, Vice President, BMW Motorrad USA. “I am confident that the bike is up to the task; and I’m sure Hans is too, judging from his previous adventures!”

Mr. Odwarka thanked BMW employees who rode their motorcycles to work in a show of support for Dr. Buetzow.   “Imagine your commute times 1,000, and you can understand what Hans-Henning is about to do. We wish him a safe and prosperous journey.”

150518   In a show of support for Dr. Hans-Henning Buetzow's 50000-mile Ride of Smiles charity motorcycle journey2

A resident of Heidelberg, Dr. Buetzow is an experienced and enthusiastic motorcycle tourist, who has been traveling the world on two wheels since 1989. Impressed by the enormous hospitality and joy of life shown by the people he meets on his travels, he was inspired to give back to those less fortunate through his Ride of Smiles.

Donations can be made directly to the four charities or via the Ride of Smiles website (

For more information on Ride of Smiles and to track Dr. Buetzow’s route around the world, visit

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