BENEFITING: THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION
EVENT: TEAM IMF
EVENT DATE: Sep 27, 2015
Welcome to my fundraising page! Funds raised go to The Ironman Foundation, a 501(c)(3). Funds are then distributed among various organizations (see below for list of 2014 beneficiaries). My goal is to raise $3,000 and donations are tax deductible. I will appreciate it tremendously if you would join me in this effort Thank you very much!
Sport has always played an important role in my life: I played rugby, squash, badminton, I ran track and field and cross-country. I have always been farily good at sport playing badminton for the national team of my native country South Africa, coaching squash and badminton in Germany during our 5 year stay in Munich, and running the Boston marathon eight times. In 2006 I discovered a new sport, Triathlon. A year later I did my first full Ironman race in Lake Placid, NY. I have done a further 8 full Ironman races since. Last year my dream came true when I qualified for the World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.
I love the sport of Triathlon because it is a great metaphor for life itself: You invest time and effort with no guarentees that it will yield dividends, there are days when you love every aspect of your workout and then there are the days that you have to force yourself to do it. Unexpected things can and will happen: you may loose a water bottle, or get a flat, or you may simply feel that your "tank is empty". The challenge is to deal with all of this with joy, patience and perseverance. This is what sport in general has taught me over the years!
This is why this year I am planning to do another Ironman race (Ironman Chattanooga, Tennessee) that is about more than just my own personal goals. I want to raise money for a worthy cause so that others may benefit. I chose the Ironman Foundation to raise funds because the Foundation has an impeccable track record and donates to worthwhile charitable causes.
Since inception, The IRONMAN Foundation has provided more than $30 million in charitable givebacks to support global non-profit initiatives.
In 2014, the IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund distributed $50,000 in grant funding to support non-profit needs and initiatives within the local community.
Through more than 200 IRONMAN Chattanooga Foundation race slots, athletes have helped raise over $130,000 to support The IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund. The proceeds from the Community Fund then provide grant opportunities to non-profit organizations in the communities where U.S. IRONMAN events are held.
“The mission of The IRONMAN Foundation is to leave IRONMAN's legacy through philanthropy, voluntarism and grant making, and to support various non-profit organizations around the world,” said Betsy Langan, Community Relations Manager for The IRONMAN Foundation. “We are thrilled to expand The IRONMAN Foundation’s reach and impact through community grants in Chattanooga.”
The IRONMAN Foundation also provides registered athletes with the platform to fundraise for The Foundation or a non-profit beneficiary of their choice as they train for their IRONMAN event. These athletes have signed up to participate in The IRONMAN Foundation’s “Your Journey, Your Cause” fundraising program. Through their participation with The Foundation these athletes have been touched by something greater than themselves and are giving back to non-profit organizations to make their race experiences more than just crossing the finish line – they are racing for a cause. Deacon John Broehl and Lori Lyons are the top fundraisers in the “Your Journey, Your Cause” program for IRONMAN Chattanooga. Broehl has raised over $15,000 for Make a Wish and Lyons has raised over $12,000 for Project Giving. Collectively, the “Your Journey, Your Cause” athletes have raised more than $50,000 for their respective causes.
Additionally, in partnership with the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation (FHSPSF), The IRONMAN Foundation will donate $14,000 to the Hamilton County Special Tactics Search and Rescue to show support of first responder groups. This donation will be used to procure a new Polaris Ranger XP Search and Rescue All-Terrain Vehicle to help with rescue in wilderness areas, transportation of injured patients and to provide medical support during major sporting events like the IRONMAN triathlon. “Through this donation, Hamilton County will be able to assist our region as well as support other departments and agencies within the greater Chattanooga area to assist in wilderness search and rescue operations,” said
Chief Ingle, of the Hamilton County STARS team. A formal presentation of this grant will take place at the Little Debbie IRONMAN Chattanooga to Benefit Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America Welcome Ceremony on Friday, September 26th at the Chattanooga Convention Center.
"Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, along with The IRONMAN Foundation, is grateful for the opportunity to give back to those who loyally serve our communities,” said Robin Peters, Executive Director of FHSPSF. “As IRONMAN athletes prove that ’Anything is Possible®,’ we feel that the mantra also represents what can be done to support the men and women who have dedicated their lives to protecting others.”
Originally from: http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/news/articles/2014/09/the-ironman-foundation-gives-back-to-the-greater-chattanooga-community.aspx#ixzz3RBvbtxKE