July 20, 2012
CrossFit Equator in Jakarta raises over US$37,000 for sick kids. Emily Beers reports.
When Brian Pandji told Mary’s Cancer Kiddies that his gym was going to host a fundraiser to raise money for kids with cancer, they were polite but seemed skeptical.
“I don’t think they thought we would raise much money just by doing a 15-minute workout,” said Pandji, who owns CrossFit Equator in Jakarta, Indonesia.
But Pandji knew something the Mary’s Cancer Kiddies charity didn’t: that an entire community of CrossFitters around the world was excited to collectively tackle the workout Hope to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He also knew that his own members at CrossFit Equator had the will and were prepared to work their asses off for the cause.
However, instead of donating to St. Jude, Pandji and Scott Hanna, his partner for the event, decided to give the money they raised to the Jakarta-based charity instead.
“We elected to keep the donations local to help kids in Indonesia with cancer. St Jude does amazing work, but the access to treatment for Indonesian kids is even more limited,” said Hanna.