Micky Chebli is a #cyclistoflife. He is turning 50 this year and hopes to fulfil his dream. Riding from Paris to Beirut in one month to raise money for 3 lebanese NGOs.
Today is the big day. This morning Micky embarked on his long journey and aims to cycle 4000 km in the next 36 days. He will cycle from France to Italy, then to Greece and Turkey. He’ll then take a boat to Lebanon and cycle back to Beirut on July 2nd.
His goal is to raise 300 000$. These funds will cover the following:
For les Petits Soleils “Free Health Care for all Children in Need” : $100 000 will cover 10 hospitalizations with surgery, 1000 specialized consultations, 1000 vaccinations, 1500 X-rays, and 500 laboratories explorations.
For Myschoolpulse “Bringing Schools to Hospitals” : $100 000 covers the education of 100 children undergoing treatment for life-threatening diseases in six hospitals.This money will also cover one-on-one tutoring, computer courses and art therapy
For Oum el Nour “Drug Prevention and Rehabilitation”: $100 000 will cover one year of in-patient treatment and social reinsertion for 10 young men and women and design of prevention and social awareness programs
With his passion and motivation Micky is an inspiration to all of us.
Let’s help him help others.
BBS had a sit down with Lazzy Lung front man Allan Chaaraoui for a Q&A about the RRPP that are staring to come to life in Beirut again.
How do you see the music scene in Beirut?
It goes without saying that Beirut is flooded with EDM / House music/ top 40 commercial and everything else under the sun – and that continues to be “ “ popular demand. I’d like to think people are ready for something a little different.
Tell us about a few of the challenges you faced as a musician?
Back in the day it was hard enough getting gigs especially for “original bands” let alone bands that play Rock music. At the time there were no Wicker Parks or Beirut Jam Sessions or Beirut Open Stages out there – so we had to be crafty. My band didn’t want to have to wait for the AUB Outdoors /Fete De La musique / to step on a stage.
What’s up with the Pizza party?
This was something that originated in my Hometown of Ottawa Canada – a staple club night in the city (at least it used to be) held every Thursday (Free entrance and Free pizza) as a perk they’d dish out a couple of pizzas at the end of the night. Unfortunately they stopped throwing them – but they were legendary. A lot of my favorite bands sprung up and performed at these events.
I wanted to carry that tradition on – only here in Beirut!
Who played your RRPP events back when you guys started them?
The RRPP was hosting and performing events with local rock bands and heavy hitters like (Lazzy Lung /Who Killed Bruce Lee / Scrambled Eggs/ Beirut Scum Society/ Passive Standouts and even managed to host The Black Lips).
There’s a new Rock Pub / Biker bar (Fuel Garage Bar) in Mar Mkhayel that just fit perfectly with the RRPP Vibe. Across the street there is new pizza place opening (By The slice) and the pizza tastes awesome!
It just made perfect sense – to put everything together and start throwing parties again.
What’s the deal?
Free Entrance – Free Pizza – Every Thursday
How are you promoting this party?
#punch4punch is how we launched our campaign and is now a staple element of the RRPP – you can see hilarious clips of our friends and family getting decked in the face in slow-mo. Take a Punch in the face for A Free Punch Cocktail (aka Rock n Roll Pizza Party Punch)
Are you thinking about the community when you throw these parties?
YES! Our Pizza Sponsor is doing this brilliant initiative (Pay It forward Pizza) to help the needy
We hope that we can manage to get more people taking part and giving back to the community through the RRPP.
When do you shut down the party?
We hope to keep throwing parties so long as the drinks pour cold and the pizza comes out the oven…our parties go on till the cops show up. We just want give as much as we can to build and strengthen the rock music community in Lebanon -which has been somewhat neglected other than the efforts of the Jim Beam Rock festival.
What about the future?
Eventually if the parties keep doing well – we are looking to Shut down the street and host block parties with Live Bands and the whole 9 – still staying true to our concept of Free Entry a few free pizzas.
Award winning celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain recently talked about his fascination for Beirut. In an interview with Bon Appétit Magazine, he was asked “Where should I travel now?” and this is what he had to say:
“Beirut. The food’s delicious, the people are awesome. It’s a party town. And everything wrong with the world is there. Hopefully, you will come back smarter about the world. You’ll understand a little more about how uninformed people are when they talk about that part of the world. You’ll come back as I did: changed and cautiously hopeful and confused in the best possible way. Travel at its best defies expectations. Yes, it’s divided. There are Shia neighborhoods, Christian areas—but they all go to the same restaurants. You can go from bikinis by the pool to Hezbollah in an 8-minute cab ride. They all coexist in a weird way. That’s part of the thing that makes Beirut so interesting.
This is how we do it. Let’s stand by Beirut Madinati. After the success of yesterday’s concert at Station Beirut, there are lots of opportunities to show support coming up this week. If you would like to donate without leaving your couch you can do that right here, CLICK to Donate
We have had our share of disappointments. We know how hard it is to stay positive and hopeful in a country where we feel our voices are not heard.
The municipal elections are coming up soon. The municipal representatives are the closest form of government to the people. This year in Beirut, we actually have a solid option.
If you love your city. If you believe we deserve clean streets, green spaces, proper sidewalks and above all trustworthy municipal representatives, it’s time to vote. It’s time to bring back politics to the citizens.
The municipality is a powerful stand alone institution with a large jurisdiction, decision making power and money. We now need the right people, free of political allegiances.
The road ahead is still challenging but we have to start somewhere.
We at Beirut’s Bright Side are ready for change and support the Beirut Madinati initiative and candidates. We hope you will to.
On Wednesday April 27th, come join us at Station Beirut. Your purchase of a ticket for ‘Lebanese musicians in concert for Beirut Madinati’ will help fund the campaign.
And on May 8th, let’s vote!
>> For more info on this campaign, the detailed program and the list of candidates, please visit their website here: beirutmadinati <<