Sunday November 10th we will complete the final mile of our 921 mile journey from Chicago to NYC by crossing GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE.
We are so thankful to be joined by Jane & James Clementi as we celebrate Friendship.
All are welcome to cross the bridge with us!
We need lots and lots of Ribbon!!!
We want to make this so special for Jane and Tyler's family.
Our original plan was to hang ribbons at a park near the bridge. Now that Jane has decided to cross, well we want to ribbon the bridge.
What it takes... 16,000 yards of Purple Ribbon! The bridge is 4,757 feet long...
This is a lot of ribbon for us to purchase last minute. We need your support to make this happen.
We have added a $5 ribbon donate. Please share
*** Also, Walk with us! If you are in the NY/NJ area, please walk across the bridge with the Clementi's & Friend Movement.
11/10/13 - Meet: Fort Lee Historic Park (NJ Side) - Meet at 10AM - Wear Purple - Crossing begins at Noon
more info at www.friendmovement.com
STRETCH GOAL ADDITIONAL $5,000
921 Miles. 921 Lives. 921 Ribbons.
On October 5th, 2013 the co-founders of Friend Movement, Elliot London and Ronnie Kroell, will embark upon a 921 mile and 37 day journey across the country. Starting in Chicago and commencing in NYC with a candlelight vigil on November 10th, 2013. A journey to celebrate friendship that was inspired by and is dedicated to, Tyler Clementi.
For those of you who may not know, Tyler was a student of Rutgers University in New Jersey. Unfortunately, after experiencing a terrible cyber-bullying attack, he took his life (now, three years ago) by jumping from The George Washington Bridge. Instead of viewing this anniversary as a sad occasion, we want to celebrate his life and the lives of numerous others we have lost as a result of bullying.
It is important to FM and our partners to be on the ground, meeting with the community. We believe that the best way to reduce bullying and promote friendship is to share our stories, educate one another, and take fear out of the equation. This is no easy task, but we are confident that the first step must begin with AWARENESS. Things will get better, but only if we decide as a community to take the necessary ACTIONS that will lead to answers.
With your support, we will have the eyes and ears of the United States and the world for over a month. With that attention comes the opportunity, and the responsibility, to leverage the press and steer the conversation in the direction of discovering positive solutions. By contributing to this campaign, YOU are MAKING A DIFFERENCE! Together we will stand-up for those that are living in fear, feeling alone, and may simply need a friend.
What We Need & What You GetOur goal is to reach $19,420 to help produce Friend Movement Walk, but to see a complete budget overview please see our photo gallery.
The funds raised will be used to cover the costs of insurance, travel, promotions, and the logistics of both a kick-off celebration in Chicago and a candlelight vigil in NYC. In addition, we will be making stops at schools and community centers along our route to speak about bullying and friendship. We plan to produce and publish a video online each day that will update you of our progress and help you to actively participate.
Any funds raised beyond our production budget (shown in gallery) will be allocated to The Tyler Clementi Foundation & Friend Movement to further their respective program development.
When you donate $20 to help bring Friend Movement Walk to life, you will receive:
- Friend Movement Watch "The Lizzie"
- Postage paid envelope with a Purple Ribbon enclosed.
We welcome you to dedicate your ribbon to a friend or family member and send it to us in NYC where we will *display everyone's ribbon for the candlelight vigil on November 10th, 2013.
In addition, we will keep you up to date on our whereabouts along the route with daily posts, videos, and photos! We want you to be with us every step of the way!! In fact, you can even join us in crossing The George Washington Bridge on November 10th. Specific time of crossing is TBA.
*Please note that we will need to receive your personalized ribbon on or before November 9th for it to be displayed.
Your DEDICATION and DONATIONS to this campaign will make a huge impact on the lives of those that we will encounter along this journey and beyond. Not only will we be celebrating the memory of those that we have lost too soon, but we will be saving lives by sharing our stories. Education is key.
does not discriminate, it effects people of all shapes and sizes. Even
those doing the bullying have their own baggage to carry and can benefit
from a community that is willing to show them love and friendship. The opposite of bullying is friendship, therefore by promoting friendship we can defuse and prevent bullying. It begins with self-confidence and self-love. By being our own best friend we can then be a good friend to others around us.
This walk is meant to inspire, enlighten, and help build confidence in youth and adults alike. We all have something to gain by being a better friend to ourselves and to others around us.
Dedicate your ribbon today!!
Other Ways You Can Help
MEET OUR TEAM
James Clementi Ronnie Kroell Elliot London
Lizzie Velasquez Jason Petrella Pat O'Malley
Adrienne Wanyo Stephanie Zeh Leslie Martinelli
Eddie Lobo Derek (Mascot)
ROUTE CITIES/TOWN - CHICAGO
INDIANA - Gary Hobart Valparasio Westville La Porte South Bend
Elkhart La Grange Angola
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Greensburg Blairsville Ebensburg Holidaysburg Sate College Lewistown
Loysville Carlisle Harrisburg Elizabethtown Lancaster West Chester
NEW JERSEY - Trenton Princeton Kendall Park Edison Woodsbridge
New Brunswick Union Bellveille Hackensack Fort Lee
NEW YORK CITY