The IRONMAN Foundation has launched a Harvey Relief Effort campaign to raise critical funds in response to the catastrophic and ongoing severe weather and flooding in Texas. Funds raised will support recovery efforts and service projects in the greater race communities for the Memorial Hermann IRONMAN North American Championship Texas, Memorial Hermann IRONMAN 70.3 Texas and Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & ½ Marathon.
With record floodwaters devastating much of southeast Texas, tens of thousands of people will seek emergency shelter and more than 450,000 will seek federal aid in recovering from Harvey. When the Category 4 hurricane made landfall, it was the most powerful to hit the United States in a decade. Officials have called the catastrophic flooding the worst in the state’s history. Thousands have been rescued from flooded homes and cars; and recovery will take years.
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 30 September 2017, up to US$10,000.
- T-shirt sales – 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.
“We are calling upon our IRONMAN and Rock ‘n’ Roll communities to join us in helping to bring relief to these communities in a historic time of need,” said Dave Deschenes, Executive Director for The IRONMAN Foundation. “The areas affected will require ongoing assistance and both donations now and volunteer efforts down the road are critically important for relief and recovery efforts.”
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.