Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service
Legendary B-boy delivers clean water to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.
On September 20, Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria, a category 5 hurricane that devastated the island. Now more than two weeks later, the situation is still dire as many citizens throughout the country have limited access to basic needs of survival. While citizens wait for government aid, the immediate efforts of individuals on a grassroots level are making a difference and saving lives on the island.
Red Bull athlete Richard Colón – a legendary b-boy (breakdancer) better known by his stage name “Crazy Legs,” traveled to back to his home in Puerto Rico shortly after the hurricane, on a mission to bring much–needed clean potable water to areas on the island that had not yet received aid.
With help from Red Bull, Crazy Legs teamed with Waves for Water –an organization that provides clean water solutions to people in need – and began immediately implementing water filtration systems across the west side of the island between Isabella and Rincon. Immediate efforts have impacted 12,000 people.
According to Rob McQueen, Field Operations Director for Waves For Water, the purpose of the program is to empower local communities with the tools to lead their own self-sufficient relief efforts. “We train people on how to run the clean water systems. We taught Crazy Legs how to run it and eventually he worked on his own. He started his own training program with his neighbors around his house.”
“We’re making a lot of success, but there’s so much more work and fundraising to be done,” explained Crazy Legs.
For more information on Waves for Water, go to Red Bull TV.