By the end of the Beijing Olympic Games, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover, Germany, had sent out 237,400 black silicon Olympic bracelets to protest the human rights record of the Chinese government.
The church raised about 50,000 euros ($74,000), donated by those who received the bracelets in Europe and as far afield as India.
Bishop Margot Kässmann of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover, who launched the campaign, will hand over the contributions to the Asian Human Rights Commission, based in Hong Kong.
“I’m grateful that so many people who ordered the bracelets sent a clear signal against human rights violations in China and Tibet. I thank all those who have donated,” said Kässmann on August 25. “You have contributed to let the biblical hope for justice and peace become apparent.”