Ride for Peace

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Ride for Peace - Relief for Ukraine

We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. No moral person can support this senseless war. We insist on an immediate ceasefire and an end to the Russian invasion.

 

To put these words into action, the League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) is offering a custom Ride for Peace jersey and t-shirt for a limited time. Both are designed by Zoya Shevchenko, an LMB staff member whose family members are in Ukraine and whose artist statement is below. 

 


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All proceeds from sales of the jersey and Ride for Peace sticker, aside from production costs, transaction fees and shipping expenses, will be donated to World Central Kitchen for refugee relief in Ukraine and surrounding countries.
 

  • Update, July 29: We have inventory in stock for most sizes of the jersey! Many orders will be fulfilled within a few days, although some sizes will still require a 6-8 week production time.
  • Purchase the jersey for $85 + $5 shipping or earn a free jersey if you fundraise $250 to support WCK
  • Of the $85 minimum purchase price, at least $60 goes to WCK (exact amount depends on quantity produced and shipping cost; Primal has agreed to a special, sharply discounted production rate)
  • The Ride for Peace jersey and t-shirt is high-quality, breathable fabric, manufactured by Primal
  • Both are available from XS to 5X sizes
  • SpeedPro Fabric; Raglan Sleeve Style; 3 Rear Cargo Pockets; Standard Fit
  • The jersey is Full-zip design
  • The Ride for Peace sticker is also available; of the $5 minimum purchase price, at least $3 goes to WCK
  • You can also choose to raise funds for WCK through this platform! Raise at least $250 and receive a Ride for Peace jersey as a thank you. To learn more about this, click on the "event info" tab above.

ABOUT WORLD CENTRAL KITCHEN (WCK)

All net proceeds from the sale of the Ride For Peace jersey, aside from production costs, transaction fees, and shipping expenses, will be donated to World Central Kitchen (WCK) for refugee relief in Ukraine and surrounding countries.

Founded in 2010 by Chef José Andrés, WCK is first to the frontlines, providing meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises while working to build resilient food systems with locally led solutions. WCK has served more than 60 million fresh meals to people impacted by natural disasters and other crises around the world. 

 

With bombs still falling day and night, millions of Ukrainians continue to flee the country or relocate west to the city of Lviv. In response, WCK is rapidly expanding its #ChefsForUkraine response to distribute food—including hot, fresh meals—in five countries. WCK has now opened a kitchen and food supply depot in Poland, right on the border with Ukraine, and has multiple warehouses active in Lviv where trucks are filled with food to head east reaching cities like Odessa and Mykolayiv. WCK is also supporting more restaurants to serve meals in Ukrainian cities including Kharkiv and Kyiv, which remain under active attack.


ARTIST STATEMENT

When I envision Ukrainian garments, I think of flowers: beautiful, flowy blouses covered in intricate daisies, poppy, and sunflowers, hand-embroidered in the brightest shades imaginable. I picture a flower crown braided from a captivating bouquet, resting above a long braided hairstyle. In my jersey design, I tried to mimic Ukrainian folk art and its abundant use of these elements. On the sides of the jersey, you will find the word мирeace. This is actually the word for peace in both Ukrainian – "мир" – and English – "peace" – merged into one. The jersey’s collar also features a gold trident, the Ukrainian Coat of Arms and a symbol of protection. The deep azure on the sleeves and maize on the cuffs, borrowed from the Ukrainian flag, represent the country’s calm blue skies and expansive wheat fields. 


Albert Camus’ words on the back of the jersey speak for themselves — there is simply no territory or economic gain worth more than human life. For me, peace means safe living conditions for my grandmother and aunt. It means turning on the news and no longer seeing my family’s country up in flames. It means feeling confident in my own future and that of mankind. Today, tomorrow, and every day that follows, I ride for peace.
 

– Zoya Shevchenko, Design and Communications Associate, LMB



ABOUT THE QUOTE

The quote featured on the back of the jersey, “peace is the only battle worth waging,” is taken from an essay by Albert Camus in response to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. It concludes:

 

Let us be clear about this. If the Japanese capitulate through intimidation after the destruction of Hiroshima, we will rejoice. However, we refuse to take anything from such grave news other than the determination to plead even more fervently for a veritable international society, where the great powers will not have greater rights than those of small and medium-sized nations, where war—a plague made into a reality solely by the application of human intelligence—no longer depends on the appetites or doctrines of one state or another. In the face of the terrifying prospects opening up to humanity, we see more clearly how peace is the only battle worth waging. It is no longer a prayer but an order which should rise up from the people to governments, the order to definitively choose between hell and reason.
 

RIDE FOR PEACE STICKERS

 

 

The Ride for Peace sticker is a perfect companion to the jersey. 3” by 3” vinyl die-cut sunflower design. Perfect for your water bottle, vehicle bumper, laptop, or journal cover. Click here to purchase.

  • 1 for $5
  • 3 for $10
  • 10 for $25

All proceeds after costs will go to WRK.

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$25,904
of $20,000 goal
9,428.26 miles
of 5,000 miles goal
Updated, 4/5: WOW! Thanks so much for your support! We've decided to increase our campaign goal to $20,000 and add a mileage goal as well.

Update, 3/26: Thank you for your generosity! We've decided to increase our campaign goal to $10,000.

All proceeds from sales of the jersey and Ride for Peace sticker, aside from production costs, transaction fees and shipping expenses, will be donated to World Central Kitchen for refugee relief in Ukraine and surrounding countries.

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