By Erin Greene on 27/05/15 at 1:52 am
Following the tragic earthquake in Nepal, ITU began the Triathlon Family Nepalese Earthquake Emergency Fundraising Campaign to assist the Nepal Triathlon Association. The one-month solidarity campaign was created to raise much needed funds for the people of Nepal, with the money raised being used to provide immediate needs such as food, water, shelter and medical supplies.
Now in the final week, USA Triathlon is offering fans a chance to own a unique piece of memorabilia through an auction of an autographed ITU flag, the proceeds of which will provide support to ITU’s Triathlon Family Nepalese Earthquake Emergency Fundraising Campaign.
The flag includes signatures from Olympic medalists Alistair Brownlee (GBR) and Javier Gomez (ESP), ITU World Champions Gwen Jorgensen (USA) and Non Stanford (GBR), four-time U.S. Olympian Hunter Kemper, and more than 120 others, and is up for auction now on eBay.com.
Bidding will be open until Sunday, May 31, at 3 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. GMT. All of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Triathlon Family Nepalese Earthquake Emergency Fundraising Campaign.
“USA Triathlon’s initiative to auction off the ITU flag signed by elite athletes is a fantastic example of one National Federation helping another one,” said Marisol Casado, ITU President and IOC Member. “Not only is this a great opportunity to own a piece of triathlon history, all of the proceeds will go to helping our friends and triathlon community in Nepal.”
In addition to bidding on the flag, you can assist by donating at donate.triathlon.org as well as buying a pass to watch World Triathlon London this weekend at triathlonlive.tv, as ITU will donate all of its earnings from Triathlonlive to the campaign in May.