I’ve been wanting to give a boost to the collaborations we do thanks to the MV patches for some time now. In my opinion, the real heroes of these territories are all those who still live in the villages, who maintain a small business, who offer us a service or feed us with their products. I have always wanted to find the right way to do our bit as a community.
Therefore, from now on, the donations collected will go to create points along the route where you can find spare parts for your bike, such as tubes, patches, lubricants, cables, tire levers, etc.
As a novelty, for each donation I will send, apart from the usual patch, a few stickers of a couple of types, a print of the map I drew during the confinement, in A3 folding size, with some route info on its back, and… an access to download a high resolution digital version of it, so you can print it at your local print shop and hang it at home.
The idea is that every time we collect €100 in donations, we will buy material for that amount and send it to points along the route that have supported us from the beginning, such as grocery stores, bars, or hostels. These points will be able to sell this material (or give it in exchange for a donation), which closes the circle in a very interesting way. We ourselves create a resource in the villages from which they can benefit, and from which we ourselves can also take advantage.
We’ll go step by step, we must be aware of our limited power. For now it will be enough to have 4 or 5 points distributed along the route and to be able to replace the material that has been sold.
This way we’ll see and learn how it works, the possible needs, improvements, or feedback from the parties involved. A list of all MV-Points as they are created will be available here on the website and in the PDF Guide.
There are also several bike shops around here that belong to this family. My intention is that every order of material that I make with the money from the donations is made in one of your stores. And if possible, that the shipment is made from them directly to the beneficiary. If you have a bike shop and you are interested, write me an email and I will consider you for the orders.
I know, because I know you, that now a thousand proposals or ideas may arise to make all this grow, I know, but let’s try to empathize with the MV philosophy of keeping everything as simple and powerful as possible. For the moment there is no need to create points in all villages, for the moment there is no need to supply more complex, specific or perishable materials, for the moment there is no need to set up maintenance points with tools, and obviously for the moment there is no need to make Ernesto’s life too complicated. He wants to keep it simple, independent and with no budget to run it all. The message we want to send is becoming much more powerful as a result. It can be very nice to show that all together we can create something that works and that proves that there is another way of doing things.
The procedure for obtaining patches and other items will remain the same:
- Make a donation to MV’s Paypal account: firstname.lastname@example.org (once logged in Paypal.com, go to Send & request money, then to Send to friends abroad). Choose the amount of money you want to donate. Let’s say that a coherent amount could be around 10€ for each kit including: patch, stickers, printed map and downloadable map.
- Save a receipt of the donation and send it to email@example.com and choose the way you want to get the kit:
- We can do some Geocaching and hide it somewhere on the route (easy, I promise, I’ll send you the treasure map so you can find it easily…).
- Send me an envelope with your address and a stamp (in €) on it by ordinary mail, and I’ll send it back to you with the patch and stickers.
- Add the shipping cost to the donation, give me your address and I’ll send it to you.
Finally, a big round of applause to Alfredo ( Freds.cc ) and Irra ( CiclismoSinPrisa ) for all their help in shaping all this. And of course, an even bigger applause to the friends of AutismoTeruel for their great work and for accompanying us during all this time! We will continue by your side!