CrossFit Supports First Responders in War Zones With Fundraiser Workout

May 5, 2022 by
Photo Credit: John Newby
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CrossFit is joining forces with Rogue Fitness and Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to support humanitarian efforts in war zones and other health crisis situations around the world. Community members can get involved by taking part in a two-day fundraiser featuring a “Hope for Refugees” workout.

The details: On May 7-8, CrossFit community members will take part in the special workout to raise awareness and drive donations for MSF. All proceeds will go directly to the humanitarian organization. CrossFit will match all community donations up to $50,000.

  • MSF is currently “leading a medical humanitarian response in Kyiv, Lviv, and several other Ukrainian cities” while simultaneously supporting refugees in neighboring countries.
  • MSF has worked to support those in need around the world. The organization has provided medical care in Brazil, helped with earthquake recovery in Chile, and provided medical care for refugees in the Mediterranean.

The workout: The fundraiser workout will consist of three rounds of Shuttle runs (8 meters), single dumbbell snatches (50 lb., 35 lb.), bike for calories, single dumbbell box step-ups (24 in., 20 in.), and strict burpees.

  • The Hope for Refugees workout will follow the same format as Fight Gone Bad. The participants will spend one minute at each station before rotating. Once they finish all five stations, they rest for one minute before starting the next round.

Why this matters: Not everyone has the means or skills to go around the world and provide aid to those in need, especially those in war zones. The two-day fundraiser provides an opportunity for community members to show their support by doing something that they love. They can take part in the Hope for Refugees workout, donate on the Doctors Without Borders site, and try to hit the initial $50,000 goal.

CrossFit and its community members have a history of raising funds to support important foundations or those in need. The Support Your Local Box Fundraiser is a fitting example as people were able to register for a three-workout event and raise money to support boxes affected by COVID-19. The Hope for Refugees continues this trend while supporting an even bigger cause.

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