The second annual Pedal for Peace, a bike ride benefiting the organization Bpeace, is gearing up to take place on September 10 &11, 2010 in New Brunswick, Maine. Bpeace (the Business Council for Peace) is a nonprofit, international volunteer network of business professionals dedicated to helping female entrepreneurs in countries emerging from devastating conflicts. The group currently has a presence in Rwanda and Afghanistan and is looking to expand into El Salvador. Bpeace believes that developing the economic power of women in countries such as these will stimulate employment and ultimately foster a peaceful future. The organization’s motto, “more jobs, less violence” conveys the power and simplicity of their goals.
Mary Ciampa, a Boston business leader and one of Bpeace’s board members brainstormed the idea for Pedal for Peace as a means to combine her love of cycling with Bpeace’s mission. The ride includes 25, 50, and 100 mile rides through Brunsiwck, Freeport and Bowdoinham. For those less athletically inclined, the event also includes a presentation about female artists working in Afghanistan as well as an evening of food, music, and Afghan crafts.
“I am humbled by the courage of the brave entrepreneurs we assist,” said Bpeace co-founder and CEO Toni Maloney. “They trump adversity to work relentlessly for a better life for their families, community and country. It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to transfer ideas and expertise into their waiting arms.”
Renee Leck is a resident blogger for Embarkability. She enjoys yoga, cooking, and curling up on the couch with a cup of coffee and a good book.