They are calling it the largest flooding event in US history. 11 million people have been affected so far (and you can't keep up with the numbers as it's still rising). Harvey is still sitting there in the Gulf Coast, like a really bad house guest who won't take the hint to LEAVE ALREADY. Lives have been lost - a miraculous few, compared to how many are at risk - and more will be lost in the days to come.
The property damage and disruption to our economy is going to be a big problem for years to come.
Personally, I'm well out of any risk area - Texas is, after all, BIG, and I'm in North Texas - but I have friends and training partners down there in the middle of it all.
|Via Al Garza on Facebook. Al Garza's Premier Martial Arts in League City, TX 8/28/17|
We have dedicated our +Metroplex Arnis Players Alliance 12th Gathering, set for Saturday, September 30, as a Harvey benefit seminar. All proceeds - every dime - will go to Harvey relief organizations.
The Facebook event can be found HERE. If you are in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and ever wanted to try Filipino Martial Arts, this is be BEST event ever to get your toes in the water. Plus you get to benefit a great cause.
I want to issue a challenge to each of you.
I challenge your martial arts school, organization or training group to hold a Harvey benefit for relief efforts.
Hold a kick-a-thon, donate proceeds from a class or seminar, heck, host a blood drive, volunteer at a local shelter if you can... whatever you can do, do it.
Our world seems to be full of conflict, and hate, and division. Let's counter that with doing something good. This is a better use of our time than sniping at each other over the issues of the day, or obsessing over misinformation on Twitter, or what have you.
If you like, I've whipped up a little logo for your event if you want to use it, completely free of charge and you don't even have to give me credit.
The important thing is to raise CASH for relief groups. They can use the money to get the right things for the right people in the middle of the affected areas.
Here's a good reference of groups you can consider donating to: How to get (and offer) help after Hurricane Harvey
We can be heroes, just by doing what we love, for a really great cause. And thanks in advance for your help.