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. “
Warsaw Car Killers Foundation of Couriers has been set up in order to organise the CMWC 2011. It is a non-profit organisation of messengers supported by bicycle and urban culture enthusiasts. Many of us who are involved in the realisation of the event took part in organising the ECMC 2004, which was also held in Warsaw.
Austin has been named the host city for the 2011 North American Cycle Courier Championships (NACCC) and we need your help putting on this world class event. Each year the bike messengers of the host city are responsible for organizing and funding NACCC. Sponsorships are needed to offset costs associated with city street closures, traffic enforcement and event promotion.
Krauts and Unicorns, an official pre-event for CMWC 2011, will take place in Berlin between 22nd and 24th of July, 2011. There will be a group cycling to Warsaw with a possible stopover in Gorzow Wielkopolski – the home of Elpolacoloco. For more info visit the Krauts and Unicorns’ profile on Facebook.
Polish Cycling Messenger Championships 2011 will be held in Krakow between 5th to 7th of August. An opportunity to win another champion title as well as a chance to visit the previous capital of Poland.
For those of you crazy enough to ride across the desert in spain in late june, we’ve got you covered! we’re putting together a ride from barcelona to madrid (650km, leaving 26 june, hopefully arriving 30 june). we don’t have much more than a support van and a vague idea of the route, but stay tuned for more info!
After the success of the 2008 North American Cycle Courier Championship in Chicago some of the organizers of that event sat down and had a serious talk about making a bid for hosting the CMWC in 2012. We won your vote in Guatemala and are prepared to make the 20th annual CMWC the best yet. hearts.