108 T-shirts raise more than $20,000 for Wouter Weylandt's family ahead of funeral

108 T-shirts will be on sale till end of Giro to maximise money raised

by Simon_MacMichael   May 17, 2011  

Wouter Weylandt at Stage 3 start of 2011 Giro c Simon MacMichael.jpg

T-shirts produced by American company Stomach of Anger in memory of Wouter Weylandt, killed last week following a crash during Stage 3 of the Giro d’Italia, have already raised over $22,000 for his family, with more than 1,900 sold to date. The news comes as the city of Ghent prepares to bid farewell to the 26-year-old tomorrow, with his funeral being held tomorrow morning.

The T-shirts, which bear Weylandt’s Giro race number 108, with the zero based on the Leopard Trek logo, will be on sale until the end of the Giro d’Italia a week on Sunday.

After that which there will be just one production run, thereby maximising the money to be donated to the cyclist’s family, including Weylandt’s girlfriend who is expecting his child in September. For full details of the T-shirts including a link to order one, please see our earlier story.

Weylandt’s funeral in Ghent on Wednesday morning will be a private affair for his family and close friends including Tyler Farrar and Maarten Wynants, as well as Leopard Trek colleagues, although fans will be allowed into St Peter’s church between 8.00am and 9.45am to enable them to pay their respects.

A big screen has been erected outside the church to allow them to follow the service. Funeral director Jef Van Den Bosch told Het Nieuwsblaad: “The church is probably too small. People can therefore follow the service from outside, and Wouter himself would have wanted his fans to be able to see the ceremony.”

Meanwhile, tomorrow’s Stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia will be preceded by a minute’s silence in memory of Weylandt. There will then be a blessing by the parish priest of tomorrow’s stage start toen, Tortoreto Lido, Padre Gregorio Oczos.
 

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Poignant photo, little did Woulter know what was to unfold later.

posted by onlyonediane [159 posts]
17th May 2011 - 23:35

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Great to see such a response.

A problem with the t-shirt is the postage to europe is apparently expensive thereby maybe the donation slightly redundant.

LeopardTrek should do similar from their own website.

posted by Decster [246 posts]
18th May 2011 - 6:43

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You pay for postage ontop so the donation is the same but the % of cost is less. Road ID have a remember woulter wrist band as well or you can just give a donation.

J

posted by miffed [163 posts]
18th May 2011 - 9:34

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I feel i should point out that in the original article postage is listed:

"Postage is $5.85 to the US, $12.85 to Canada and $14.85 to the Rest of the World via USPS Priority Mail."

The extra $9 should cover the postage to Europe and then make very little impact on the donation with any luck.

Whether the $14.85 shipping is worth it for the T-shirt is up to you. Personally i ordered another t-shirt too, hopefully the good guys at SOA will take any extra postage out of that rather than the donation.

As a side note whether you choose to donate via the t-shirt or simply via the bank details/paypal listed on Trek Leopards Facebook page at least the money is going to a very good cause.

posted by ooh shiny bits [5 posts]
18th May 2011 - 9:49

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I didn't see an issue with postage, I bought 2 and it worked out at about £30 all in.

All the gear and no idea!

posted by JonMack [171 posts]
18th May 2011 - 10:03

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I'd rather the shirts feature Wouter's name than his Giro race number. The use of a number seems to objectify and depersonalize the situation. Sad

posted by TheBigMong [218 posts]
18th May 2011 - 12:53

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