On August 4th, 2020 a monstrous blast flattened the port of Beirut. There was a tremendous loss of life and destruction of property. The lives lost can never be replaced, but the community can work to rebuild and overcome. 

Collateral damage in this blast was the Lebanese Rowing Federation. The Lebanese Rowing Federation was founded in 1968. Although underfunded and run almost solely by volunteers, it is home to around 20 active rowers, from children to veterans of Beirut's waters. 

After reading about how their club was destroyed in the Beirut blast, John O'Brien put together a GoFundMe page to raise money to enable the LRF to replace or repair the rowing shells lost in the blast. 

Lebanese Rowing Federation GoFundMe Page

"Hello all! Thank you all so much for your support. We have been in touch with Rodrigue Ibrahim, the head coach at the Lebanese Rowing Foundation, and they are still working through the list of what exactly they need to get back up and running. We plan on hosting an AMA on Reddit or a Zoom meeting, depending on their comfort level. Thank you all so much for your support, and continuing to make this beautiful sport one of the best communities." - John O'Brien


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