Belgium, Netherlands Community Rallies to Support Affiliates Recover from Damage
CrossFit community members in the Benelux Union — Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg — are banding together to help affiliates recover from terrible situations. Multiple sustained damage due to floods while another was the victim of a serious hate crime.
Replacing damaged equipment: CrossFit affiliates in the Benelux Union sustained significant damage from flooding in the Netherlands and Belgium. The waters flooded buildings, resulting in the loss of barbells, abmats, rowers, and other equipment.
- The CrossFit Country Manager for the Benelux, Wesley Cloos, organized a GoFundMe to help offset the costs of repairing the damage. The campaign has a goal of 1,000 Euros.
- CrossFit members can show support for the affiliates by taking part in a special workout for time. “Stop” features a 2000-meter row, 25 burpees over the rower, 1,000-meter row, 50 burpees over the rower, 500-meter row, and 75 burpees over the rower.
CrossFit Gold Pact, an affiliate in the Netherlands, was the victim of arson and anti- LGBTQ+ graffiti. The affiliate’s owner Paul van Dorst is the founder of the Roze Kameraden — Pink Comrades — a support group that promotes LGBTQ+ acceptance among football and Feyenoord fans in Rotterdam.
- Cloos organized a separate GoFundMe Campaign to support CrossFit Gold Pact with the goal of raising 1,000 Euros. 57 donors, including FITAID Europe, helped raise 1,400 Euros by Aug. 24.
- Community members can support CrossFit Gold Pact by completing “Pink Comrades.” The workout is two rounds for time: 50 wall ball shots (20/14 pounds, 9/6 kilograms) and 25 thrusters (65/55 pounds, 30/25 kilograms).
Why it matters: A key part of CrossFit is community, especially in times of need. The affiliates in the Benelux Union are proving this by supporting each other and helping recover from the physical and emotional damage.