Press Release

Seeds of Peace Counselors attempt to break Guinness World Record

GORHAM, MAINE | In an attempt to break a world record for distance on a kick-scooter in 24 hours, Seeds of Peace counselors Mike Reid and Yonatan Belik have teamed up with members of the Seeds of Peace & Maine communities. The attempt will take place at USM Costello Sports Complex on Friday the 17th of August at 6am through Saturday the 18th at 6am.

Mike is a sponsored expedition athlete, former Program Facilitator at EducationWorks PA, and a Guinness World Record Holder (Longest Distance On a Pocket Bike). Belik is a social entrepreneur and founder of the Jerusalem Peace Lions Australian Football Team.

The two met at a Seeds of Peace event and quickly realized that with Mike’s passion for manifesting outside-the box ideas and Belik’s love for community work and adventure, together with their shared passion for Seeds of Peace, that they might have a chance to break a Guinness World Record.

Their idea is to engage a diverse group of Seeds of Peace alumni, staff, and supporters during the attempt, with Seeds of Peace providing the Camp facility for the week of preparation as well as some logistical support.

“Seeds of Peace helped me develop empowering programming, which allows campers to both achieve their individual potential and better understand group dynamics with the goal of recognizing spaces in which they can use their influence to create positive change,” says Mike.

“At Seeds of Peace, I recognized one of my life’s main purposes: to create empowering experiences for personal and collective growth based on cooperation,” says Belik. “Cooperation that relies on trust and commitment for the sake of the whole. Such experiences bridge divides.”

Seeds of Peace is a nonprofit leadership development organization bringing together youth and educators from across lines of conflict and difference to equip them with the skills and relationships they need to accelerate social, economic, and political changes essential to peace. The organization boasts a network of nearly 6,700 alumni from 27 countries, many of whom are leading change in their communities.

Twenty-three Seeds of Peace alumni and Maine community members are joining Mike and Belik in their world record attempt while raising funds to support the growth of Seeds of Peace programs.

“Both Belik and Mike have studied the best ways to achieve their objectives,” says Seeds of Peace Board Member Bobbie Gottschalk. “There is no doubt in my mind that this team will succeed in breaking the world record this summer. You can be sure that every detail will be calculated and everyone will have the best chance to succeed.”

Wheeling For The World will host a press conference as part of their camp celebration event at Seeds Of Peace camp in Otisfield at 5:30pm on Saturday the 18th.

Please contact team@wheelingfortheworld.org to help support this initiative or for more information.