Burpees For BushFires: The CrossFit Community Rallies Behind those Affected in Australia

January 4, 2020 by
Source: The Guardian
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Unprecedented bushfires are burning in Australia, prompting overwhelming support from the entire CrossFit Community.

The bushfire crisis by the numbers:

  • Thousands of homes have been destroyed and the fires have burned through a landmass larger than the size of the Netherlands or Belgium.
  • More than 20 people have been killed–including several firefighters–and it’s estimated 500 million animals have also been burned to death.
  • Thousands of firefighters are currently battling fires with 3000 (and counting) of the country’s defense force deployed into the fire zones.
  • Over the weekend, dozens of fires remained at an emergency level or “watch and act” with residents in several towns told it’s too late to leave, having to stay and defend their own properties.

The hard part is temperatures are soaring to 40 degrees celsius (104 degrees fahrenheit) with high winds; there is little rain or relief in sight.

A clean sweep of the top Australian CrossFitters have issued a call to arms to assist in both the firefighting and recovery effort.

  • Fittest Woman on Earth Tia Clair Toomey wrote: “I’m stumped for words as I read all the tragedy that is happening back home in Australia. There is just TOO MUCH sadness for the people and animals affected.” James Newbury has posted the same heartbreaking image of a koala clinging to a firefighter.
  • Kara Saunders said: “Land, homes and LIVES have been lost and we’re not even close to being in the clear. Please help however you can.”
  • Games qualifier Khan Porter also described the devastation: “There has never been a fire in recorded history as devastating as what we are in the midst of right now.”
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Australia is burning. My country. My home. There has never been a fire in recorded history as devastating as what we are in the midst of right now. Millions of hectares destroyed. Over half a billion animals killed. Thousands of homes lost. Hundreds of people missing. Lives lost. I’ve seen so much anger and frustration around how this has happened, lots of finger pointing, hateful comments directed at our government, the anti-climate-change movement and the foreign media for not giving this enough attention etc. Those who’ve lost something have every right to be angry. But as we brace for one of the worst days so far for the fires, let’s put away our pitch forks and do something constructive to help those suffering through this. The link in my bio has information for how to donate to the following services: Link 1: The NSW rural firefighters service Link 2: The Victorian rural firefighters service Link 3: WIRES – NSW animal rescue Links 4, 5 and 6: The Salvation Army, Red Cross and Vinnies – helping those who’ve lost their homes, or even worse, loved ones in the fires. If you don’t have the cash to donate, you can also donate food or clothing to these guys. The time for holding people accountable and making policy change will come (but should be left to those qualified to do so, not social media lynch mobs…). Spread awareness, information about how to help, love and support. Please, anyone, anywhere in the world can help spread the word and chip in.

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Affiliates are also doing their part with boxes organising fundraising efforts and collection points for clothes and food donations.

Surveying social media there’s almost too many for us to mention, but a vast array are being advertised on the Australian CrossFitters Facebook page.

Several boxes in one state have rallied together encouraging members to complete #BurpeesForBushFires and donate cash for their efforts.

How you can help:

The above charities have detailed that giving just $35USD can provide essentials for a family who’ve been displaced from their homes in the midst of the ongoing disaster.

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