Scathing Reactions After Insta Couple Ask For $16k To Fund Trip
Catalin Onc and Elena Engelhardt from Germany have asked their 339,000 Instagram followers to help them reach their $16,229 (10,000 Euros) GoFundMe goal so they can ride tandem to Africa.
The pair, who describe themselves as "lovers, travellers, dream chasers" on Instagram, said they would "show" followers how beneficial travel is by taking them on their " huge adventure" through social media posts.
"We could write a long text about mental health or global warming. We could tell you about following your dreams, or how important stepping out of your comfort zone is," the pair wrote on their Instagram page 'Another Beautiful Day'.
"But we’re going to show you! Less talking more action ... But we can not do this on our own. We need you!"
In a video on their GoFundMe page, Onc claims he is "a young man spreading the love".
"My mission is now to motivate and inspire young adults to make wise decisions and learn from their mistakes and to never give up on their dreams and goals."
Scathing reactions from followers on Instagram dominated the comments after it was revealed Onc's mother works two jobs to support the couple and their lavish travel lifestyle.
The page raised just $259.39 (159 Euros) of the initial goal.
"Your mom works two jobs to pay for your trip, don’t you think that’s impacting her mental health? It’s sad this isn’t all a joke, the self-importance you have is ridiculous," one person commented.
"Go get a job," another said.
Others started to question the couple's motivation for the trip.
"I'm beginning to think your "message" isn't very genuine anymore. It used to be, but the entire vibe has changed slowly," one follower said.
The pair responded to the outrage of them taking money from Onc's mother by claiming they see both sides of life -- the lavish side and the poor side.
"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," Onc wrote on Instagram.
"#grateful that we get to see both sides of the spectrum ... we are accepting money from my mother and also donations but we don’t hide that."
The pair are set to head off on their tandem adventure from Germany to Africa in July.
The GoFundMe page is no longer active so it's unclear how they plan to fund their trip.
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