Campaign unsuccessfully ended on: 13 Jun,2014
Well, not quite, we need your help to get there. Here's why.
Deghri Messengers is a bike messenger service in Beirut. This means we deliver all kinds of stuff around the city using only bicycles and the power of our own bodies. It's hard work and takes a special mix of fitness, passion for cycling, city orientation and pure guts.
some of the Deghri messengers taking a break from the road
Luckily we're not on our own. There is an international community of bike messengers - professionals who work on their bikes every day to serve businesses in their respective cities. In the age of the internet, we can feel connected to this community by sharing news and advice online. However, nothing beats actually getting together with hundreds of messengers in one city, and this is what the ECMC (European Cycle Messenger Championship) is all about.
In the championships (this year from 3rd to 6th July in Stockholm, Sweden), messengers come together to hang out, exchange stories and most importantly to race! The goal is to be crowned the fastest messengers in and around Europe.
As a fairly new messenger service, it's extremely valuable for us to attend the championship, meet other messengers and of course test our riding skills. What's more, we will be representing Lebanon at this event, the most important in the bike messenger calendar in this part of the world.
the global messenger community at last year's world championship in Switzerland
An essential part of this endeavor is the journey itself. We will first visit Copenhagen, the recognised global capital of urban cycling, to try and take back lessons for ways to encourage cycling in Beirut. Then we will cycle around 700km to get to Stockholm.
What's the best thing about this? We will document our journey and the days at the Championship and report on it to our supporters, producing postcards, photoprints and a booklet of interviews with the messengers at the festival. Check the rewards section for more details.
Well off you go, then! Good luck to you!
The thing is, this project needs a bit of financial support to get off the ground. That means your support. Whatever reason you have, because you appreciate our delivery service, because you admire what we are trying to do in Beirut, or because you like the idea of us representing the Lebanese urban cycling scene at an important event abroad - we are grateful for anything you can contribute.
Specifically, we need support for the following:
We will cover the rest of the costs ourselves; these include food, accommodation in Stockholm, and registration fees for the Championship.Why should I support Deghri's Swedish adventure?
Because we are a group of young people from Lebanon looking to make a change in the country. Our inspiration often comes from being part of an international movement of delivery by bicycle, and attending the Championship will bring us closer to this community. The journey as well as the competition will help us grow as people and give us determination to continue our efforts in Lebanon.
some 100% Lebanese cedars being delivered by a 100% Danish cargo bicycle
Representing Lebanon in Stockholm will give people a fresh perspective on what is going on in the country. We will represent one of the positive faces of Lebanon - that of the new generation filled with energy and new ideas about how to improve our cities.
I can't give money, but I'd like to help you out...
Well, shout about us! Tell your friends, share this page on facebook, and encourage people to support us.
If you are a messenger planning to attend the Championship in Stockholm and would like to share your story in an interview with us, please get in touch so we can hook up during the weekend of the Championship.
If you are a photographer in Stockholm, we could definitely do with some help on the visual side - our talents being mainly on the interviewing/writing side than the visual portraits side.
Do you have a printing house in Beirut? Would you like to support our trip by offering to sponsor the printing of our materials after we return?
If any of the above apply, please get in touch.
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