There has been a lot of negative press for off-road racing in general after the recent accident at the MDR California 200, but the off-road industry has rallied after the accident to help raise money for the families of casualties and those injured at the race.
According to Fast Aid, a non-profit agency set up in 2009 to aid injured racers and families affected by off-road accidents, the off-road community has banned together to raise over $107,000 within one week, though they are still working toward a goal of $75,000+ away from reaching their estimated needed to assist those affected by the accident.
“We are humbled by the donations including large sums of $50,000 from Mango Racing and $10,000 from 4 Wheel Parts Wholesalers, and appreciate everything all the way down to the $5 donations,” President of FAST-Aid Jared Tetzlaff said. “Off Road clubs and companies are rallying together to form fundraising events across the country. The off road community is tight knit, and they are certainly rallying and showing their positive support.
“Our priority is helping with immediate funeral expenses, and we are offering the services of Racers for Christ Off-Road Chaplain Steve Hanson to officiate the services if they do not have a family clergy-member to perform the funerals,” stated Tetzlaff.
FAST-Aid went on to explain the second priority is to assist with medical expenses/bills that need to be paid as a result of lost work due to injuries suffered in the crash. The third level of assistance will be for the children of the deceased.
For more information or to donate specifically to help the California 200 casualties, please go to http://www.fast-aid.org and note “California 200” on your donation, and 100% of the funds received will be applied to assisting their families in this difficult time. Donations are tax-deductible.