FAYETTEVILLE – The Arkansas Razorbacks are teaming up with Numana, Inc. and the people of Northwest Arkansas for Razorback Relief: Operation Haiti – a 24-hour event to package a record-breaking two million meals for Haiti.
The 24-hour marathon will begin Friday, June 25 (through June 26)at 7 p.m. at the Randal Tyson Track Center and continue uninterrupted for 24 hours. Volunteers will work alongside Razorback student-athletes to help package meals that will be shipped directly to starving people in Haiti. Interested volunteers are encouraged to gather friends, co-workers, fellow students and family members to work together in rewarding and entertaining two-hour shifts that will result in desperately needed food for those in need.
"We are excited to team up with Numana and the people of Northwest Arkansas to help the people of Haiti," University of Arkansas Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long says. "We are calling on Razorback fans and all of those around the region to join our student-athletes, coaches and staff in volunteering for this unique and exciting outreach event. More than one million meals were packaged in Los Angeles and then Kansas City topped that mark. I know that the people of Northwest Arkansas will help us shatter the record by packaging two million meals for Haiti.
"Often when we see needs around the world it is difficult to determine how we can make a meaningful difference. Razorback Relief: Operation Haiti gives us all a hands-on opportunity to make a life-changing impact on millions of people."
The packaged meals will be shipped directly to starving people in Haiti by Numana, Inc. under the watchful eye of the United States Military.
"Numana looks forward to the opportunity to working with all the people of Arkansas and to facilitating an event that every volunteer will be proud to be a part of," Numana President and CEO Rick McNary says. "The need is still great for the people of Haiti. We hope to set a record not just for the number of meals packaged, but for the number of volunteers giving of their time to make a difference."
Volunteers can register on the day of the event at the Randal Tyson Track Center. No pre-registration is required and volunteers will be assigned two-hour shifts. Volunteers are welcome and encouraged to work multiple shifts throughout the event. Groups or organizations interested in volunteering for the event should e-mail local event organizer Rich Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org for group information.
For more information on Razorback Relief: Operation Haiti visit the official website at Razorbackrelief.com. Also make sure to follow "Razorback Relief" on Facebook for the latest updates and information on the event. For additional inquiries on Razorback Relief, interested parties may contact Morris at (479) 455-2022 ext. 204.