The first weekend in May 2014 marks the 5th anniversary of MAYDAY in Toronto. This event began as a small fundraiser for the BMEF (Bicycle Messenger Emergency Fund) and quickly grew into the largest single supporter of the BMEF. As a direct result of the money raised at MAYDAY, the BMEF was able to raise the amount of assistance paid out to an injured messenger from $300 to $500. To date MAYDAY has raised over $14,000 for the fund and hopes to surpass the $20,000 mark this year!
The organizers have gathered together thousands of dollars in prizes from some really amazing sponsors (AllCity, Abus, Bern, Bikurious, Cogswell Bicycles, Coupe Bizzare, Cycle Solutions, Detroit Bikes, Hoopdriver, Knog, LaBicicletta, My Little Bike Shop, Nice Rack, Passage Tattoo, Regal Bicycle, SendIt, Sweet Petes, The Bike Joint, Trash Bags, UML, Vans, Velocity, and more!) Most of those prizes are to be raffled off in the new format raffle this year! There are great parties each night, lots of delicious food and the best part is that the whole weekend is a fundraiser so you can still feel good about yourself on monday morning when you wake up with no underwear, a drawing of a penis on your forehead and no money in your pockets….because hey, it was all for charity!
If you’re coming in from out of town there are crash spots available! Just message us on the fb group or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more info you can check out the Facebook event here:
The International Federation of Bike Messenger Associations (IFBMA) is pleased to announce that Toronto bike messenger Leah Hollinsworth has been awarded the 2013 “Markus Cook Memorial Award” (MCA) for Services to the International Messenger Community.
The IFBMA has awarded the Markus Cook Award (MCA) since 1998 to the person who has inspired and empowered the wider messenger community, and who puts all messengers before themselves.
Leah is the fifth Toronto messenger to receive the Markus Cook Award. Leah has been an important member of the messenger community for almost fifteen years. She is a community builder, race organizer and dedicated fundraiser. She works with a team of Toronto couriers to organize holiday Christmas dinners and local fundraisers to send messengers to world championships in far away cities. She has organized legendary races such Global Gutz and the 2008 Cycle Messenger World Championships.
Perhaps Leah’s greatest contribution is as the Director of the Bicycle Messenger Emergency Fund (BMEF): “The Bicycle Messenger Emergency Fund is a 501 c3 nonprofit public charity organization that provides emergency compensation to bicycle messengers who are hurt on the job. Currently the BMEF allocates a $500 emergency cheque to help messengers anywhere in the world during the first week of injury. This provides a boost, to both the financial and the mental/emotional state of the injured messenger. The goal is to help the injured cope and recover.” The BMEF help messengers anywhere in the world and is entirely funded by donations.
In addition to serving as the director, Leah is also one of the BMEF’s largest fundraisers. Working closely with other Toronto messengers she is one of the organizers of the MAYDAY! a messenger race and BMEF fundraiser weekend. MAYDAY has raised over $14,000 for the Bicycle Messenger Emergency Fund over the last four years.
In his nomination for Leah, veteran Toronto messenger Jim McCarthy succinctly summed up her contributions to the BMEF and the messenger community stating “Leah has selflessly given her time and effort to this cause which is to the equal and unprejudiced benefit of every courier in the whole gawddamn world. “
CMWC 2014 is taking place in Mexico City on May 28- June 2. There is a pre-event happening in Guadalajara on May 23-26 and a group ride after to CMWC. Registration is open so scrape together some pesos and get your tickets and register!