FRIENDS INDEED: Bringing good cheer to the people of Portland. Inset, Blake and Wisynco's William Mahfood.
In keeping with their mission to support society’s less fortunate, sprinter Yohan Blake and his YB Afraid Foundation earlier this week dispatched an army of containers and trucks to Fruitful Vale and Norwich, two Portland communities still reeling from the devastation caused by the recent passage of Hurricane Sandy.
The YB Afraid Foundation, partnering with nearly 30 Food For The Poor staffers and volunteers, brought critically needed supplies to some 700 residents in urgent need of aid. The foundation also contributed a monetary donation (matched by Food for the Poor), and assisted in the delivery of an assortment of commodities such as food, water, mattresses, blankets, and shoes.
“The storm did a lot of damage in Portland. A lot of people are suffering without shelter or even food to eat. I am glad to be in a position to help,” says Blake, who recently commenced preparations for the 2013 track-and-field season. “Through my foundation’s partnership with Food For The Poor and Wisynco/WATA on this project, we are able to make a positive difference in the lives of those suffering.”
And he’s not done yet. On Saturday, Nov. 17, the Olympic silver-medalist will join the global fight against hunger when he leads Food For The Poor’s 5K Walk/Run For Hunger in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Proceeds from the venture will go towards purchasing food to feed destitute families in the Caribbean and Latin America.