Since fall of 2019, Australia has been burning. And CrossFitters are getting involved through fundraising.
1,500 calories on the rower
Every 10 minutes, everyone performs 25 burpees
*At the time of writing the workout, 1,500 homes had been destroyed and 25 lives lost.
The event brought in 26 teams of five who participated at the cost of $100 per team. All in all, the gym raised $3,000 that went to the Salvation Army and WIRES.
“Our goal was to just try and do something for those affected,” said Patrick Fitzsimons, the director of the Box. “As both the wildlife and communities have been affected so drastically, we decided we would contribute to both. We had heard some great things that WIRES was doing, so that was a no brainer. We were actually a little unsure on who to give the other half to; we decided the Salvation Army after a little research. In hindsight, we would have loved to drive down to where the fires were and hand the money to those directly affected.”
On the other side of the world in Blacksburg, Virginia, CrossFit 460 is also taking action in fundraising for the cause. Owner Velvet Minnick said she was asked by one of her Australian members to post about nonprofits seeking financial assistance for the bushfires. But Minnick took it a step further.
“Our Barbells for Bushfires event was a community fundraiser to help raise money and awareness to those impacted by the Australian bushfires,” shared Minnick. “We decided to do this fundraiser because our member, Naomi, had family that was directly impacted by the bushfires. She just wanted to bring awareness around it, and I wanted to do more for her. I knew that it was a small thing to do to help her family that was evacuated.”
The workout for the event held on January 25 was as follows:
40 seconds of work; 20 seconds of rest
Thrusters (95/65 lbs)
Hang Power Cleans
Lateral Burpees over the Bar
About 60 people participated in the event. A large part of the Barbells for Bushfires’ proceeds also came from selling branded T-shirts. Minnick said the $1,021.41 that was raised went to three different organizations: Wildlife Rescue South Coast, NSW Rural Fire Service and WIRES.
Looking to host your own fundraiser, either for the bushfires or another cause? Both Minnick and Fitzsimons shared their fundraising tips below: