Leading up to their district conference, District 27 members cycled for four days to raise awareness for the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign.
With the goal of combining advocacy, service, visibility and friendship, District 27 Governor Griet De Prycker organized an event that would be very visible: a large group of women riding bicycles in a “sea of orange.”
District 27 has clubs in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Poland, and Ukraine. Thirty district members rode from Braunschweig, Germany, to Berlin over four days. A tour bus with their luggage and a support team followed their route. The tour bus was decorated with a Zonta Says NO banner.
When the cyclists arrived at the district conference, 66 members joined for a bike ride and walking tour of Berlin. During the tour, each member wore an orange Zonta Says NO T-shirt and carried an orange balloon or umbrella.
Each participant also donated €5 (approximately US$6), collecting €11000 (approximately US$13,000) to be donated to the Zonta International Strategies to End Violence Against Women (ZISVAW) Fund.
Local news outlets covered the event. Watch a report on local television here.