September 7, 2017
Tucson, AZ – Safari Club International (SCI) and Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) announced today that they are working with state and local officials in the hurricane-ravaged areas. SCI chapters and members are on the ground, helping with hurricane relief as they continue to raise money needed to help both humans and wildlife in the Lone Star state.
The Houston Texas Brush Country Chapters are right in the middle of the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. Since the storm first hit, they have been on the ground, working tirelessly to rescue people in need and are now starting the recovery process. The costs of these efforts are tremendous.
SCI & SCIF are participating in the effort through an SCIF Blue Bag Initiative.
While there are many places to help, these chapters have two very specific initiatives they want to participate in and fund.
The Brush Country Chapter, along with SCIF staff, has been in contact with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation. At least four game wardens have completely lost their homes. At least 13 more have extensive damage.
To date, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation has assisted 69 employees of TPWD, with many more needing help. TPWD has already spent the $200,000 they had available and need up to another $200,000 in that effort. This initiative covers all affected areas along the coast. The Texas Brush Country Chapter is channeling its financial efforts to filling this need.
The Houston Chapter will be working with working class neighborhoods to provide building materials for those without flood insurance who are in immediate need. Neighborhoods and potential recipients have already been identified. They now need the funds to make a real difference.
Both chapters are using their own chapter and personal money on these and other efforts already. There is so much to do that they simply cannot do it alone.
SCI Director At Large C.J. Sibert has challenged other chapters and members to help with the cause.
“My chapter, The West Texas SCI Chapter, wants to step up and help our neighbors to the East,” he said. “We are donating $10,000 to SCIF to be distributed to both chapters. I am also personally donating $10,000 to SCIF for the same thing. I am challenging everyone out there to match, exceed, or give what you can to their efforts.”
To donate online, please go to the link below and select Hurricane Relief under Apply My Donation. We will be watching and will make sure it goes to the right place and providing updates as they become available.
“Also, feel free to reach out to let us know what you have done,” Sibert explained. “It would surely be nice to show these communities what SCI and SCIF are doing for them. Let’s show these communities that Texans help Texans, Hunters help Hunters, and finally that People help People!”
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