Thompson-Herah FastElaine Foundation targets vulnerable teens
Three-time Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah announced on Sunday the birth of the FastElaine Foundation which will focus on helping vulnerable children in mainly underserved communities as well as some students at Christiania and Manchester high schools, educational institutions that she dated during her childhood.
The first initiative to be undertaken will be a treat to be held in his home community at Banana Ground in Manchester on Saturday, December 18, when due to restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, care packages will be distributed from the cabins to children in the community.
Helping children from underprivileged backgrounds has always been a goal for Thompson-Herah, one of Jamaica’s most decorated Olympians. “Elaine is particularly passionate about this,” her husband Deron said in an interview with Sportsmax.TV on Monday.
Herah also revealed that the targeted approach was initially aimed at helping only adolescent girls 13 and older who are at risk of becoming pregnant, being abused, and who may be suffering from depression and other mental illnesses triggered by the pandemic. In progress. However, after careful consideration, they decided to broaden their scope to include at-risk teens as well, as some are at real risk of dropping out of school and being drawn into gangs and other nefarious activities.
With this in mind, the FastElaine Foundation plans to provide material assistance, such as providing school supplies and setting up a feeding program, while providing essential emotional support in the form of counseling to those affected.
Much of this goal will be achieved through partnerships with a number of international foundations. Herah revealed they were in talks with the New York-based Prince’s Trust and Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD).
The FastElaine Foundation is also supported by Thompson-Herah’s own sponsors, Nike, the National Commercial Bank (NCB) and the telecommunications company Flow. Thompson-Herah will also contribute resources from the proceeds of competitions in which she participates.
Herah revealed that the process of selecting people to serve on the foundation’s board of directors is underway and should be completed before the official launch scheduled for January 2022. âWe are putting in place qualified people to ensure the smooth running and the effectiveness of the foundation so that in 100 years it will still help people, âhe said.
Thompson-Herah won three gold medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Japan, where she won the 100m with an Olympic record of 10.61 and the 200m with a national record of 21.53, the second time. the fastest in history. She was also a member of the Jamaica 4x100m which won a national record of 41.02.
After the Olympics, she ran three more times under 10.70, the first woman to do so and, in the process, lowered her personal best when she ran 10.54 to win the 100m at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon. It was the second fastest time ever for a woman. Only Florence Griffith-Joyner’s 10.49 is faster.