The world has watched as the floodwaters brought on by Hurricane Harvey have devastated the Houston, Texas and Southern Texas areas. The complete extent of the disaster is unknown at this point as the waters have just begun to recede, but it will no doubt take a lot of time and money to bring the area, which boasts a strong endurance community, back to full strength. While there are several ways to contribute financially to the cause (here’s a great list from Consumer Reports), we’re sharing a few of the campaigns that have been started by those in the triathlon and running communities.
Harvey Relief Effort from the Ironman Foundation
Funds raised will support recovery efforts and service projects in the greater race communities in the Houston area. To help raise funds for those in need, the Ironman Foundation has set up three ways to help with the Harvey Relief Effort:
- Donate: The Ironman Foundation will match all donations made by Sept. 30, 2017, up to $10,000.
- Buy a T-Shirt: 100% of the proceeds raised through the sale of a custom Humanitarian Harvey Relief T-Shirt will go towards the Ironman Foundation’s Harvey Relief Efforts.
- Volunteer: The Ironman Foundation will be setting up local service projects during race week at the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & ½ Marathon, Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3 Texas triathlon, and Memorial Hermann Ironman North American Championship Texas triathlon to provide hands-on rebuilding assistance.
Pledges and t-shirt purchases may be made online or at all Ironman, Ironman 70.3 and Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series event merchandise stores during September. Learn more at Ironmanfoundation.org/harvey.
Mike Rouse is using his specialty run store in Frisco, Texas—Run Texas—to help raise funds and collect goods for victims of the hurricane in Houston. What originally started as a one-day event, set for Monday, Sept. 4, has expanded to a Just Giving page after runners outside of the Frisco area asked how they could help. The Monday event will feature a group run, with Run Texas donating $1 for each of the total miles of the run to help buy shoes, clothes and other needed items for victims. Learn more about the event here and donate to the Just Giving page here.
More Than Sport
MORE Than Sport, known for harnessing the power of sport to inspire and transform lives around the world, is working to support Convoy of Hope in their immediate and long term efforts. Convoy of Hope initially deployed their Disaster Services Team on Friday to start providing families with emergency relief supplies such as food, water, hygiene items and other essential necessities.
Twelve truckloads of equipment and emergency supplies have already been delivered, with another 20 in the cue, to the initial impact zone in Houston, as well as Corpus Christie, Rockport, Aransas Pass and Ingleside on the Texas coast.
Here’s what your donations will do:
- $25 can provide these essential supplies to a family of four for three days.
- $50 can provide these essential supplies to a family for an entire week.
- $100 can provide these essential supplies to two families.
Donate to the MORE Than Sport efforts here: http://bit.ly/MTSHarveySupport