A husband and wife have been criticised after asking people to help fund their £9,000 trip to Africa.
Catalin Onc, who is in his mid-20s, currently lives with his wife Elena Engelhardt at his mum’s house and wants to take part in the trip to raise awareness about mental health. His mum has two jobs to support them.
So it came as a bit of a sting for some people when they got the begging bowl out saying they needed cash for their tandem bike ride from Germany to Africa.
They set up a GoFundMe telling people that getting a job was not an option because there are few trades that they are qualified for.
The couple said: ‘Some will just tell us to get jobs, like everyone else and stop begging. But when you have the impact we do on others’ life, getting a job is not an option.
‘We could model and make fast money, but we don’t want to advertise consumerism. A normal job at this point would be detrimental.’
One person responded to them on Instagram saying: ‘Your mum works two jobs to pay for your trip, don’t you think that’s impacting her mental heath? It’s sad this isn’t all a joke, the self importance you have is ridiculous.’
Another added: ‘Or, like, you know, get a job and pay for your little cycling trip yourself?’
So far they have raised £180 of their target.
Catalin added: ‘At this very moment, my mother is funding us, she works two jobs and has not much herself. We didn’t ask her for money but she loves that she is able to help.
‘Mum, I want you to know, that it is not only us but hundreds of others that benefit from your help.’
Following criticism for their begging Instagram post, the couple responded saying: ‘This is how I feel when people make money the biggest topic. Having tattoos, a pretty girlfriend and followers on Instagram opens doors for us, it’s true.
‘We could live a lavish lifestyle and only show that, like most people on social media do. We choose not to.
‘We have seen how people are around us when we have money and when we don’t. #grateful that we get to see both sides of the spectrum. I wish you all could experience this.
‘Some people are quick to judge and speak. At this very moment we don’t have much, we are accepting money from my mother and also donations but we don’t hide that. This situation is teaching us a lot. ‘
Speaking about the motives for their bike ride, one man asked: ‘I like you both a lot and have been following your posts for a while now but I just don’t really get how this helps people with mental health issues like myself?
‘This just seems like an adventure and a fun trip for you both and it has no significant reason to help anyone else in any way.’
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