Please Help Us Raise Money to Bring Wounded Vets to St. John

kayak race
If you’re an avid News of St. John reader (and a huge thank you to those of you who are), you probably know that each November a group of wounded veterans spend the week on St. John. During their stay here, they are treated like royalty by local businesses who donate a slew of services and meals, and they simply relax on our beautiful beaches. It’s an awesome opportunity for the island and one of my favorite weeks of the year.

Well it obviously costs money to get these veterans here. So today, we’re asking all of you to help us raise some funds for this great cause. (And please let me point out that this has zero affiliation with the Wounded Warriors program; it’s actually a Team River Runner program.)

Each summer, St. John holds a race called the Chaotic Kayak race. The purpose of this event is to raise the funds needed to get these incredible men and women down here for a well-deserved week of rest and relaxation. This is where I am personally asking for your help.

This year’s race happens on July 23rd at Maho, and we’re trying to raise some funds prior to the event. This is where you all come in…

Thousands of people read this site every day. Again, a huge thank you for that. If every one of you donated $5 or even $1, we could raise a decent amount of cash. So that’s what I am asking you all to do today, if possible. Please donate to the News of St. John team. Please click here if you would like to donate to the News of St. John team and help with the costs of getting these wounded veterans to our island this November.

Our team will receive a five second head start for every $100 we raise. And we need all the help we can get!! :)

All donations are tax deductible. You will be emailed a receipt immediately after donating.

For those of you not familiar with the Chaotic Kayak race, it’s a wildly entertaining event in which teams from local businesses compete in a zany kayak race. It’s not your ordinary kayak race. Teams are armed with water guns and do their best to not only beat the other teams, but soak them in the process. It’s super fun and a great event. Participating teams raise money in an effort to get a head start during the race, and all of the money raised is donated to Team River Runner, the organization that brings these wounded veterans to St. John each November.

So again, this year’s race will be held on Sunday, July 23rd at Maho. The race begins at noon. The public is welcome and invited to cheer along their favorite team. Food and drinks will be available.

Thanks everyone! Have a great week!

3 comments for “Please Help Us Raise Money to Bring Wounded Vets to St. John

  1. Kate
    July 10, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Hey Jenn, just adding in that the November TRR trip is really based around a Leadership Clinic for vets selected to attend by their local chapters. The goal is to guide the attendees in the direction of starting their own chapters in order to broaden the TRR outreach to help Vets through Paddle Sports – hence the Kayak theme.
    The vets who attend in November are hand picked and do some serious work on themselves, while here, to gain new skills as leaders and team members.

    The funds from CKR help to bring vets down in November, as well as for 8Tuff and the Beach to Beach swim in May.

    From the TRR website:
    Vision:
    Team River Runner envisions a national network which creates innovative paddling programs designed to assist with the recovery of those injured while serving our country. Through paddle sports, TRR volunteers and partners provide local communities unique opportunities for the active, safe and positive support of healing service members and their families.

  2. Paula Peltier
    July 10, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    I learned about this from my Mom Helen, whose been a part of this event for several years now. I am currently home on STJ for a few more weeks of my staycation :-). What can I do to help be a part of this remarkable event and where can I make my donation? Thank you.

    • News of St. John
      News of St. John
      July 10, 2017 at 9:06 pm

      You can donate directly through the link in the story. Email me at jenn@newsofstjohn.com and I can put you in touch with the coordinator for volunteer opps. Thank you so much!!

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