Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Amy and Squid win the MCA

(Squid in the middle holding Markus Cook Award-Amy was away on business)

a few pictures here.
Monday Night was Messenger Appreciation night which was a party to celebrate the hard work of NYC couriers. This gathering was an opportunity to award the Markus Cook Memorial Award to Squid and Amy.

Read more about it from Joe Hendry:

The International Federation of Bike Messenger Associations (IFBMA) announces the 2006 "Markus Cook Memorial Award" (MCA) for Services to the International Messenger Community

The MCA was conceived as a way for the international messenger community to thank it's most dedicated workers. Nominations are sought from the messenger community for those individuals who have done most for us, for those who have consistently put the rest of us before them.

This year's recipients are Amy and Kevin "Squid" Bolger of New York City who are being honored for their work with the New York messenger community and their contributions to messenger communities around the world. Their contributions separately and jointly range from working as tireless volunteers throughout the world, to organizing major events, to being among the formative members of the New York Bike Messenger Association and the New York Bike Messenger Foundation.

These organizations seek to improve the lot of local messengers through the empowerment and knowledge of such projects as the New York City Messenger Industry Handbook and they serve the community by providing crucial services like an accident fund to aid injured messengers.

In 2005 Amy and Kevin Bolger were among the successful organizers of the monumental task of hosting the Cycle Messenger World Championships in the city with the largest population of messengers in the industrialized world.

Their imaginative and innovative work with new sponsors brought success to unique events like the Velo City Tour and the Body Glove Challenge. The recently completed Velo City Tour rewarded 6 champion messengers with round trip tickets to the Cycle Messenger World Championships in Sydney Australia. The Velo City Tour also brought messengers rare national television coverage as professional athletes.

Squid's pioneering work with Team Puma and Amy's insightful photographic portraits continue to inspire others, challenge the historically narrow view of messengers and expand the diverse opportunities for messengers in the future.


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