Maine Hosts the First Annual Bike Ride for Women Entrepreneurs in Countries Emerging from War
NEW YORK, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- On September 11, 2001, when the
world changed, Mary Ciampa was living in Hoboken, New Jersey about to
embark on her daily ferry ride across the Hudson River into her office
in lower Manhattan, soon to be known as Ground Zero. Her husband, Paul,
left early that morning and was already at work in the World Financial
Center. Both Mary and Paul survived. Many people they knew and worked
with did not.
Responding to the horror of that day, Mary joined a pioneering group
of executives who believe that business can play a role in world peace.
Mary volunteered for the newly formed non-profit Business Council for
Peace, www.bpeace.org, dedicated to helping women entrepreneurs in
countries emerging from war create the jobs that inspire hope, peace
and stability. Bpeace's strategy is: more jobs mean less violence.
This September 12, Mary is leading "Pedal for Bpeace"
(www.bpeace.org/ride), a fundraising bikeride in Brunswick, Maine
sponsored by the famous cinema cafe, Frontier www.explorefrontier.com.
Pedal for Bpeace aims to raise $20,000 in support of Bpeace's work in
Afghanistan and Rwanda.
Individuals and organizations participate by joining the ride or
making a donation to Bpeace. Pedal for Bpeace offers riders the
opportunity to select one of two courses based on their skill level: 25
or 50 miles. From novice to expert rider, the only requirement to
qualify is to agree to raise at least $100 from friends and families,
using the Pedal for Bpeace website: www.bpeace.org/ride.
"We each make a difference in our own way," said Mary Ciampa, now a
Bpeace Board member. "Biking in beautiful Brunswick, Maine will provide
an opportunity to share space with like-minded people, and raise the
funds to help brave Afghan and Rwandan women earn income, support their
families, and expand their businesses in support of entire communities.
Sign up now or make a donation at www.bpeace.org/ride."
All donations are tax deductible. Bpeace (Business Council for
Peace) is a 501(c)3 non-profit international network of business
professionals who volunteer to help entrepreneurs in countries emerging
from war expand their businesses, create employment, and build a
peaceful future for their communities. The U.S. Department of State
recognizes Bpeace's effectiveness and has been a financial supporter in
Afghanistan since 2004. The women entrepreneurs Bpeace assists in
Rwanda and Afghanistan have created more than 1,700 jobs, supporting
more than 13,000 Rwandans and Afghans.