Thursday, 12 February 2009
Official site says Rest Day. But for those of you who have been resting a-plenty this week, it is a great day to come in and make up one of the WODs from the last cycle. In particular, the house "Cindy" record is still up for contention on this last day, so come on in and make yourself famous!
It seems that these days the general news appeals to the masses in a cooperative relationship that often leaves a lot of important, complex, and/or interesting information out because it is "too depressing" or "not in my backyard". Broader, in-depth coverage about such issues has to be sought after because the "low hanging fruit" of information these days seem to concern who got what bonuses on Wall Street and how hard Chris Brown is to have hit Rihanna. Just for a moment, however, I would like to point out that some of these faraway events show that the world is much bigger - and smaller - than one might think.
This past week, recent brush (or bush...depends) fires have been sweeping across parts of Australia and have been destroying homes and even entire towns. As it currently stands, nearly 200 people are known to have died in these fires and nearly half again that many are missing. However from my admittedly limited perspective, this seems to be the most resounding image I am aware of that has emerged from this tragedy.
When in reality the situation looks a lot more like this - forensics teams looking for bodies of unfortunate people who could not escape the flames.
What does this have to do with CrossFit? It so happens that Jamal is in Melbourne, Australia (and is fine) and checked out the CrossFit scene there. He reported that one of the CrossFit Melbourne co-owners/instructors, Pete Trapp, lost his house and pretty much everything in it in one of these fires. Fortunately, he got his family out (a 2-year old son and his 7-months pregnant wife) and stayed behind with neighbors in a desperate attempt to try to defend their homes. What happened next was so intense that it made the newspapers but the good news is that he is out of the hospital now and his family is ok.
The local CrossFit community is coming together to try to help Pete and his family out. There have been donations of supplies, of cash and the gym has a Workout/Fundraiser event planned (WOD is "Pete's Pain") this weekend and they are making a "limited edition" run of a t-shirt to raise even more money for Pete and his family. If you are interested in one of these shirts ($50 AUS, or approx $33), please write the Contact Us email and indicate so. I have spoken with the owner, Adam Stanecki (who visited Midtown in August if you recall), and we believe it would be best if the NYC people put in one big order to save on shipping costs and overall hassle. From there we'll plan to work out a Paypal deal (if you don't have Paypal, don't worry - we will work it out) to send the money. They want to get this settled quickly, so let's have the cutoff be Monday. If you don't want a shirt or want to send even more, hop on this thread and pledge to contribute to the fundraiser this weekend.
And of course, if you want to help in general, the Australian Red Cross is accepting online donations.