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

Date: 24 Feb 2014 16:19:29 +0100
From: "thomas kasper" <thomas.kasper@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

> congratilation to one worthy of . cheers .

> 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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