Spin-A-Thon raises donations for Wounded Warrior Project

| January 6, 2011 | 0 Comments
Sgt. David Alsup, operations sergeant, 66th Engineer Co., 2nd BCT, 25th ID; and Pfc. Christian Perez-Silva, systems maintainer and integrator, 185th Military Intelligence Co., 2nd BCT; ride stationary bicycles, Dec. 25, at the Cash Gym at Forward Operating Base Warhorse, Diyala province, Iraq. (Spc. Robert England | 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Sgt. David Alsup, operations sergeant, 66th Engineer Co., 2nd BCT, 25th ID; and Pfc. Christian Perez-Silva, systems maintainer and integrator, 185th Military Intelligence Co., 2nd BCT; ride stationary bicycles, Dec. 25, at the Cash Gym at Forward Operating Base Warhorse, Diyala province, Iraq. (Spc. Robert England | 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Staff Sgt. Ricardo Branch
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

 

FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARHORSE, Iraq — Deployed troops raised money for the Wounded Warrior Project during the Spin-A-Thon event, Dec. 25, at the Cash Gym, here.

Twenty-six volunteers took turns peddling two stationary exercise bikes to raise donations.

The Wounded Warrior Project counsels and helps wounded warrior return to the workforce after their military service, said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Terry Prime, who planned and organized the Spin-A-Thon.

“They offer a variety of programs geared toward helping individuals get back into life, Prime said. “Often an injured service member will be faced with life-altering things in their life, and the Wounded Warrior Project is there to help get them through it.”

Beginning at noon, Christmas Day, volunteers divided eight hours into 30-minute blocks, peddling and switching out partners in groups of two. The participants solicited donations from patrons visiting the gym.

Prime, the Air Force Weather Team noncommissioned officer in charge and attached to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, said he felt the holiday season was the best time to host the event.

“I chose Christmas as a day to hold this event because it is obviously the biggest day of giving, and I can’t think of a more worthy cause to give to our brothers and sisters-in-arms who have been injured defending our country,” he said.

Pfc. Robert Rankin, 185th Military Intelligence Company, 2nd BCT, said he has heard about organizations raising money for wounded warriors and always wanted to do his part.

“My sergeant told me about this event,” Rankin said. “There have been stories of Soldiers getting injured and (then) overcoming those (injuries) with help by organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project.

“Knowing you’re making a difference for another service member is what makes me do this,” he said. “You’re only giving up a little of your time, but that time is going to help someone out there, possibly a Soldier, so it’s the right thing to do.”

Event participants raised $1,000 in donations from individuals who visited the gymnasium on Christmas Day.

“We raised a sizable donation for the organization, which is going to go a long way to helping our wounded warriors in the military,” Prime said. “The Wounded Warrior Project does a lot to help injured service members, so it was great to give back to them today.”

The Wounded Warrior Project, a Veterans Affairs-accredited organization listed with the Combined Federal Campaign, is a charity designed to counsel and help wounded service members return to the workforce after their military service.

To find out more about the Wounded Warrior Project, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

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