Help SORA Rebuild
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This is Robert McClory, former South Orlando Rowing Association president and current adminstrator for the club.
We know central Florida took a beating from hurricane Irma. First and foremost in our thoughts are those who had injury, property damage or worse.
South Orlando Rowing Association (SORA) has been providing a place for ages 12-Adult to learn, train and be part of a growing rowing community for 7 years at Moss Park. We have middle school, high school, masters (adult), veteran and adaptive (disabled) rowers who all call SORA their rowing home.
Irma did significant damage to Moss Park and to our facilities including our boat storage, oar storage and dock which will take weeks to repair. We are asking for any help you can offer so we can rebuild a stronger boatyard and get our boats back on the water again.
Please share this with your friends, family and anyone you know in the rowing community who may want to help. We appreciate any donation of any amount.
UPDATE: We hit our original goal of $5000 on the same day as our board and staff met to discuss specific plans to rebuild our boatyard & dock area. That initial goal was set the day after the storm and was set with the idea that we would be able to just repair and rebuild what we had. It turns out that due to regulations, we will be forced to completely rebuild our dock. We are also trying to make sure whatever boatyard rebuilding we do is improved enough to weather the next storm so we don't go through this again. We apprecaite all who helped us reach our initial goal and those who help us work towards our new one. This money will be used in the permitting process & construction for our dock and to begin construction on a structure better able to protect our boats & equipment.
Hello everyone. Sorry it's been awhile since we've posted. We've settled into rowing out of a temporary location that was generously provided by a local community across the lake (Isle of Pines). Right now we are still in the midst of trying to see how best to set up a temporary home at our old location while we begin the process of rebuilding. Thank you again to all who have donated and may do so in the future. We'll post new pictures and updates once we get back home.
Thank you to everyone who helped us hit our initial goal. As I updated on the main description, we've now had a chance to meet with the staff and board to review the challenges that face us in rebuilding our dock and boatyard. As it turns out, we will not be able to just rebuild our dock. County/State regulations will require us to build a dock with a different design. We are also looking to improve our storage facilities for shells & equipment so the next storm can't do this same type of damage. The money raised will go towards the permitting for the dock, construction costs and then to start rebuilding our boatyard.
It's so amazing to see the support SORA has not just with current members but alumni and the community at large. We appreciate each and every one of the donations we've received as we creep closer to our initial goal. Our board is meeting tomorrow evening to review plans for how to proceed and we should have something to share about how this money will be put to use. In the meantime, we've had 3 local businesses/entities step up in a big way to help us. Lions Den Crossfit gym, Lake Nona YMCA and the Isle of Pines Association have all graciously let us use their facilities as we wait for Moss Park to reopen. Thanks to them and you this process has been less painful.
Thank you so much to all who are donating already. There have been questions of what we will use the money for. Our board is currently reviewing different plans to rebuild and at the very least we'll need fencing, lumber and general building supplies. We are looking to rebuild in such a way that our assets & club are better protected from situations like this. That will mean working with the park service, volunteers and those with the knowledge to help formulate the best plan to move forward. The donations raised here will jump start any efforts and help us get back to the park & fully operational as soon as possible.