Just one week after launching his Hurricane Irma Relief campaign on YouCaring, NBA legend Tim Duncan has raised over half of his $5 million funding target. The initiative made its debut after the storm created devastation in Florida and the Carribean.
As previously reported, the US Virgin Islands, where Duncan was born and raised, was reportedly hit hard by Hurricane Irma, which left thousands without power, running water, and with food reserves depleted. In a contributed piece on Players’ Tribune, Duncan shared his story of experiencing the destruction of hurricane Hugo and its long-term consequences as a child and pledged $250,000 to the storm relief efforts in the islands and a match of up to $1 million. Duncan previously stated:
“I know not everyone can give, and that’s O.K. But if you’re able, here’s what I can promise: Every dollar donated will go directly to relief efforts on the ground. Starting as soon as the weather permits, I’ll be chartering an airplane full of supplies from San Antonio to the Virgin Islands. I’m already busy putting together a team of people from the islands (and beyond) to help manage the relief effort.”
“I was 13 years old when Hurricane Hugo ripped through my home town in the Virgin Islands, and had my life and community forever changed. I know exactly what kind of devastation a hurricane of this magnitude can cause and want to do all I can to aid in the relief efforts for the islanders.”
YouCaring’s CEO, Dan Saper, added:
“We’ve learned a lot of invaluable lessons from our work with JJ Watt on his Harvey Relief Fund for Houston. It’s unfortunate that we get to apply those lessons so early after Harvey, but the residents of the US Virgin Islands need all the support they can get right now and we’re here to help.”
The campaign is set to run for a couple more weeks.
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