Pedal for Peace benefit to be held Sept. 11 in Brunswick

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BRUNSWICK — Events promoting peace are planned for the ninth anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks at the Frontier Cafe, Cinema and Gallery.

The second annual Pedal for Peace, a bicycle ride that benefits the Business Council for Peace’s work with entrepreneurs in Rwanda, Afghanistan and El Salvador, will be held Saturday, Sept. 11.

Pedal for Peace was the brainchild of Mary Ciampa, a volunteer board member of the business council, also known as Bpeace. She sought to join her love of cycling with Bpeace’s aim to aid primarily female entrepreneurs in countries torn by conflict.

That marriage led to Pedal for Peace, through which cyclists will participate in rides of 25, 50 or 100 miles through Brunswick, Freeport and Bowdoinham. The 100-mile trek begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by the 50-mile ride at about 9 a.m. and the 25-mile trip at about 11 a.m. All begin and end at the Frontier Cafe.

At 7 p.m. the evening before at the cafe, artist and activist Paula Lerner will offer a multimedia presentation about her work with female Afghani artists. Live music by Bowdoin College musician Ahmad Hassan Muhammad on piano and DJ Moore on drums will follow. A donation of $5 is suggested at the door.

“I am humbled by the courage of the brave entrepreneurs we assist,” Bpeace co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Toni Maloney said. “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.”

Ride registration is available at bpeace.org/ride. Each individual must raise a minimum of $250. Fundraising support, training tips and more information are available on the Pedal blog: pedalforbpeace.blogspot.com.

Alex Lear can be reached at 373-9060 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.