BENEFITING: Rebuilding Together, Inc.
EVENT DATE: Jul 14, 2013
Whether you can give $10, $100, or want to be that $1000 donor, your support will help a family recover from Superstorm Sandy.
When I moved to New York last October, my flight from Barcelona was perhaps the last to land at JFK before Sandy hit -- the subways had stopped running hours earlier. My sublet was on high ground and barely felt a thing, but less than a mile away, New York's coastline was being ravaged by extreme man-made weather.
The Gerritson Beach neighborhood of Brooklyn was among the hardest hit -- 90% of homes suffered serious damage from the storm. Your donation will add to the money raised by other members of the Brooklyn Tri Club to rebuild the home of Mary Wernersbach, a volunteer firefighter who lives there.
It's pretty amazing that people are still feeling the impacts of Sandy, but they're not often seen. I've started biking out to the far end of Brooklyn, Coney Island, to swim in the Atlantic in preparation for the race. And every time I do, I ride past some of Sandy's forgotten victims -- thousands of people living in public housing projects that were still without power more than six months after the storm. This, in the supposed cultural capital of the world. It's absurd.
I'm racing a few tris this year, and NYC is the shortest. But the main reason I decided to sign up and raise money for it was to contribute to building a community that's a little more resilient to climate change. I've committed to raising $2000 -- it isn't a lot in the scheme of things, but each person who donates is choosing to participate in that project, if only with a few bucks. So take a minute to help me and the Wernersbachs out, and I'll make sure to say hi when we go help with construction efforts.
Here's more info about the organization I'm raising money for:
Race2Rebuild Team 2 athletes are resolved to rebuild a home destroyed by Hurricane Sandy for one specific family by racing the Aquaphor NYC Triathlon and raising money for Rebuilding Together.
The Rebuilding Together Sponsored Family will be there on race day and later the team has the opportunity to volunteer with Rebuilding Together to rebuild their home.
Home by home, block by block, Rebuilding Together is rebuilding homes and communities nationwide. Mile by mile, Race2Rebuild supports that mission.
Race hard. Race with resolve. Race2Rebuild.