The IRONMAN Foundation and IRONMAN 70.3 Peru are partnering with All Hands Volunteers and Banco de Crédito del Perú to raise critical funds in response to the catastrophic and ongoing flooding in Peru. This season, more than ten times the usual rainfall in Peru has caused devastating damage. More than 90 people have lost their lives, while approximately 900,000 are displaced and 300,000 children are unable to attend school.
“We’re calling upon our IRONMAN community around the world to help us bring relief to these communities in a crucial time of need,” said Sarah Hartmann, Community Relations Manager for The IRONMAN Foundation. “Donations are the best way to help relief efforts, and will support All Hands Volunteers’ ongoing work to build temporary learning centres and make existing schools safe enough for Peru’s children to return.”
IRONMAN 70.3 Peru will take place in Lima on 23 April 2017. The IRONMAN Foundation will match all donations made by race day, up to US$5,000 in total. Additionally, athletes who wish to volunteer to help rebuild the schools may register with All Hands Volunteers. This is the IRONMAN Foundation’s second initiative with All Hands Volunteers; in 2016, the organizations partnered to build a community centre in Manta, Ecuador as part of IRONMAN 70.3 Ecuador race week.
“When disaster strikes, homes, schools and communities are devastated,” said All Hands Volunteers Executive Director and CEO Erik Dyson. “But the greatest cost is the loss of hope that can occur in the sometimes overwhelming aftermath. As we come together to restore Peru’s schools, we restore the hub of the community. But we will also show them by our actions that hope is very much alive.”