Actor and activist Sean Penn and his relief organization, J/P Health Relief Organization, will be sending five runners from Haiti to November’s New York City Marathon, according to John Carlucci of the Associated Press.
“We’ve got five Haitian runners, 10 runners total, running for the team representing Haiti and our organization J/P HRO coming to the New York City Marathon — the marathon. So we’re really looking forward to it,” Penn said.
Penn, 53, started J/P HRO after the horrific 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the island in 2010. Over 100,000 people died in the catastrophe and Penn’s organization reportedly is assisting in rebuilding, relocating, medical needs, and structural and community development programs.
When asked about his endeavors and the opportunity to bring the runners to New York City, Penn was excited for the athletes.
“It’s rewarding. I just came back from Port-au-Prince, where I visited our Haitian marathon runners, and to see that great discipline that Haitians have and that great spirit and the excitement that they have visiting New York for the first time.”
The NYC marathon takes place on November 3rd and it is estimated that over 47,000 people will finish the race. Hopefully five of those as a result of Sean Penn’s charitable effort.