Re: [messengers] 2013 Markus Cook Award recipient - Leah Hollinsworth

Date: 24 Feb 2014 01:19:09 +0100
From: Iggy Cortes <farwestcourier@xxxxxxxxx>

Leah's the most awesome person for this award. 

-Iggy Cortes

*Iggy Cortes*
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> On Feb 23, 2014, at 4:14 PM, Lennie DelFuturo <grubeegroova@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Awesome. Couldnt think of a better recipient. Congrats darlin! Xoxo
>> On Feb 23, 2014 6:03 PM, <messvilleto@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> 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 mainly 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 messenger race and BMEF
>> fundraiser. 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. "
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