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Dallas Race to Prepare: checkered flag flies again on another great season

November 18, 2011

We recently wrapped up in Dallas, Texas another season of our Race to Prepare events with the American Red Cross, NASCAR, local schools and FedEx team members. In the photo associated with this post you’ll see, over the shoulders of FedEx volunteers, FedEx Express Sr. Manager Kevin Sisk at the podium addressing a crowd of students. That’s NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin waiting his turn at the microphone!

The event was one of our biggest to date, with more than 200 school children participating. In these events, student teams race to assemble starter preparedness kits containing items that will come in handy when disaster strikes.

This year we held events in Louisville, KY; San Francisco, CA; Kansas City, KS and Dallas. We reached several hundred school children, engaged dozens of FedEx team members, made $10,000 donations to each local Red Cross chapter, and helped raise the profile of the great work of the Red Cross through the media coverage these events garnered, thanks in part to the participation of the FedEx #11 Camry NASCAR driver, Denny Hamlin.

At each of the events, Denny interacted with the school children, visited with FedEx team members, participated in the actual Race to Prepare event, and held media interviews helping to spread the word about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. This is the third year of the initiative and Denny has participated from the beginning. His genuine, heartfelt presence and message at these events has truly helped the initiative to be a success.

We launched Race to Prepare three years ago. For decades we had used our unparalleled international transportation network to help global disaster response charities move their lifesaving supplies to disaster struck regions. Wanting to expand our work in the disaster response area, we began taking on some preparedness initiatives. Race to Prepare has proved to be a great way to do so. The outcomes mentioned above have been gratifying.

We are looking forward to another successful series next year!

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