BENEFITING: Rebuilding Together, Inc.
EVENT DATE: Jul 14, 2013
There is less than a week until I swim, bike and run to help raise money to rebuild in the aftermath of by super storm Sandy. Race2Rebuild’s first race, the Aquaphor NYC Triathlon on July 14 will fund the rebuilding of the home of the family of Mary Wernersbach, a retired NYPD detective, and of the Gerritsen Beach Vollies Center. Gerritsen Beach, a Zone B community, that was never asked to evacuate, got swept away by a 10-foot wall of water – a “mini tsunami” in the words of Doreen Garson, Chief of the Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department, known as The Vollies. Ninety percent of Gerritsen Beach residents had major damage to their homes and cars. The Race2Rebuild athletes will be helping rebuild in Gerritsen Beach at the end of July.
It has been more than six months since Hurricane Sandy devastated the east coast and there are tens of thousands of people who are still displaced and struggling to rebuild. In New York alone over 300,000 homes were damaged or destroyed, the majority of which did not have flood insurance and belong to low-income and working class families. In New Jersey, 350,000 homes were damaged, including 275,000 that were uninsured. Many of these families continue to grapple with denied insurance claims, frustration with FEMA, drained savings accounts and an endless struggle for life to resume.
On July 14th I’ll be participating in the Aquaphor NYC Olympic distance triathlon (1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run; otherwise know as 0.93 mi swim, 24.8 mi bike and 6.2mi run for you non metric people) with an organization called Race2Rebuild which is working to make a difference in the community that is still struggling to return from devastating Super Storm Sandy. The specific family I will be raising money to help will be announced shortly. Once this family is announced I will have the opportunity to meet them and help them rebuild their home.
Who is Race2Rebuild? In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a new endurance team was created to support Rebuilding Together's disaster relief projects. We are Race2Rebuild. For over 25 years, Rebuilding Together has been bringing volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners. To date, they have served over 3.2 million people, are in the top 1% of all charities and have rebuilt over 1000 homes in New Orleans post-Katrina. Race2Rebuild was created in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy to support rebuilding efforts. In the first season, athletes have two opportunities to Race2Rebuild two homes for two families and this year Race2Rebuild will expand to race at least four major races around the country. Rebuilding Together in total has worked on 70 different Sandy-related projects. Approximately 300 additional projects await funding. Rebuilding Together focuses on helping rebuild homes for low-income families as well as the disabled, elderly, and veterans. To learn more about Race2Rebuild please visit them on website at http://www.race2rebuild.org/ or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Race2Rebuild?fref=ts
My Story: I try to stay active year round and started racing several years ago to give me goals and motivation. This will be my third season doing triathlons (outside of a relay team) and my second time participating in the Aquaphor NYC triathlon. I had been looking for a way to give back to my community and as soon as I learned about Race2Rebuild I knew I wanted to be a part of their mission. My commitment to my fitness has transformed my life. This time, it will help rebuild one home destroyed by Hurricane Sandy – transforming the life of one family that was forever changed last October.
Race2Rebuild’s Mission: Everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. Home by home, block by block, Rebuilding Together is rebuilding homes and communities nationwide. Mile by mile, Race2Rebuild supports that mission.
I am committed to raising $5,000 by July 14th. Every dollar inches the family closer to their home. Please consider helping me achieve this goal.
How to donate offline:
Checks can be mailed to:
Rebuilding Together National Headquarters
1899 L Street NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036
Please make them payable to “Rebuilding Together” and “Race2Rebuild/Danielle Westen” in the memo line
Race hard. Race with resolve. Race2Rebuild.