Happy Friday everyone! We need your help today…
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 and they simply relax, which is much needed. 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. And please let me point out that this has zero affiliation with the Wounded Warriors program; it’s actually a Team River Runner program.
So 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 10th at Oppenheimer, 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.
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 at Oppenheimer Beach. 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 10 at Oppenheimer Beach. The race begins at noon. The public is welcome and invited to cheer along their favorite team. Food and drinks will be available.