J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO) is proud to announce their return to this year’s TCS New York City Marathon through sponsorship of “The Long Run for Haiti” campaign on the fundraising platform CrowdRise. Seven-time U.S. National Champion and two-time Olympian, Alan Culpepper, will be training the team for J/P HRO’s second marathon. J/P HRO’s team of Haitian marathon runners are back to compete in this year’s race. The team includes three men, Astrel Clovis, 43, Pétrus Césarion, 31, and Jean Macksony, 27, and two women, Bertine Lainé, 31 and Carline Lamour, 21. These elite athletes will be joined by a cohort of J/P HRO runners comprised of philanthropists, high profile entrepreneurs, celebrities and supporters of the organization including actress Teri Hatcher and Adriana Henao, who will be cheered on by her partner, three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and Season 5 Dancing with the Stars champion Helio Castroneves. The TCS New York City Marathon will take place on Sunday, November 2, 2014.
“We are thrilled and feel very fortunate to have Teri Hatcher and Adriana Henao join our Haitian runners, as well as Alan Culpepper to lead our talented team to success at this year’s marathon,” said Sean Penn, Founder and CEO of J/P HRO. “By starting a J/P HRO tradition of competing in one of the world’s premier sporting events, we hope it underscores the true essence of Haitian perseverance and inspires others to join us in supporting the rebuilding of Haiti.”
On the heels of the tragic earthquake of 2010, J/P HRO mobilized a rapid and effective response to save lives and to manage the Pétionville Camp, which swelled to nearly 60,000 displaced earthquake survivors. J/P HRO quickly expanded its services in step with the needs on the ground, working to revitalize local Haitian communities through focused programs including: camp and relocation management, medical clinics, education, community development, livelihoods, engineering, rubble removal and construction. As of January 2014, J/P HRO has achieved a major milestone. The Petionville camp has been cleared and all residents returned to safe and sustainable housing.
J/P HRO has an established medical clinic to provide free emergency care and primary health services for a nominal fee. Each month, an all-Haitian medical staff sees and treats an average of 8,000 patients. The J/P HRO supported Ecole de l’Espoir (School of Hope) has completed four academic years, providing hundreds of children with quality, comprehensive education, as well as creating a model school district in the Port-au-Prince community of Delmas 32. J/P HRO is committed to build on its successes achieved to date and will raise funds and pursue strategic fundraising initiatives in order to continue to support and empower local communities as they rebuild.