IRONMAN Foundation joins Puerto Rico recovery efforts
SAN JUAN — The IRONMAN Foundation announced it will donate $120,000 to five non-profits in Puerto Rico to aid in recovery efforts in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria.
The non-profits that will benefit are the Puerto Rico Conservation Trust, the Corporation for the Conservation of the San Juan Bay Estuary, the Foundation for Puerto Rico, Banco de Alimentos de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico Food Bank), and the Buena Vibra Foundation.
They were selected specifically because each deals with at least one of the following: reforestation, water quality, solar power, hunger and home repairs.
The funding was raised by donations to the foundation’s Humanitarian Relief Effort campaign carried out by the New York Health & Racquet Club (NYHRC), Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, and NFL veteran Don Davey.
“IRONMAN is about creating a sense of community, and through the support and generosity of our athletes and partners, we hope to be able to make a difference in Puerto Rico’s recovery,” Joanna Jordan, managing director for IRONMAN in Latin America, said in a statement.
The IRONMAN Foundation is also working in collaboration with the IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Rico triathlon, slated for March 18. At the triathlon’s expo March 16 and 17, the foundation will greet athletes and collect VISA gift cards for “adopted” families in Toa Baja’s Barrio Ingenio.
On March 19, the day after the triathlon, the foundation will hold a large-scale service project in partnership with the Buena Vibra Foundation, where 125 athletes and volunteers will help repair storm-damaged homes and help revitalize the Barrio Ingenio community.
José Max Pérez, vice president of Buena Vibra Group and Buena Vibra Foundation, said that the IRONMAN Foundation’s volunteer efforts show “the strong commitment the organization and volunteers have in investing and giving back to the locations which host their events.”
“In addition, their collaboration ensures the continuity of our efforts to positively impact Puerto Rico’s communities via donations towards repairing informal homes all over the island,” he added.
The IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Rico triathlon includes a 1.2-mile swim course in the Condado Lagoon and a bike course that runs through five municipalities. The event’s creators assure the race provides exciting courses and visually appealing scenery of the island’s natural charm. For more information, visit www.ironman.com/puertorico70.3. Online registration is available until March 13.
For more information on IRONMAN Foundation’s recovery efforts, visit www.ironmanfoundation.org/puerto-rico-relief-effort/.