Team Rubicon #TeamRubiconGoBag Challenge

Paul Eide Team Rubicon Challenge
The Team Rubicon Go Bag Challenge gets a thumbs up from me (look how weird my thumb bends)

Team Rubicon members do not have time to stand around.

While many traditional aid organizations were slow to establish relief efforts, citing dangerous and unstable working conditions, two Marines, Jake Wood and William McNulty, decided to act.

Gathering supplies and volunteers, the small group of veterans, first responders, and medical professionals deployed to Haiti on January 12th, 2010 following the earthquake.

What Is Team Rubicon?

Team Rubicon is a disaster response organization that serves communities by mobilizing veterans to continue their service, “leveraging their skills and experience alongside first responders and civilian volunteers to help people prepare, respond, and recover” from disasters and humanitarian crises.

“When Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon at the head of his legions and marched on Rome, it marked a point of no return. The phrase “crossing the Rubicon” has since survived in reference to any group committing itself to a risky course of action.”

The small team of eight volunteers called themselves “Team Rubicon” in reference to the Rubicon River in Rome – by crossing their Rubicon, the team acknowledged they were irrevocably committed to their task of helping those in need.

Team Rubicon was started 10 years ago after Haiti’s devastating earthquake, and continues today in recent efforts in Texas and Louisiana due to Hurricane Laura.

Team Rubicon - Go Bag Challenge Contents
#TeamRubiconGoBag Challenge loaded me up with gear from Under Armour, Mechanix, LuminAID, Carhartt, and others.

What’s In The Team Rubicon Bag, Paul?

Cool stuff that I’m barely smart enough to use. In an effort to raise awareness, I received some awesome stuff.

“Each go-bag will come filled with preparedness items that Team Rubicon staff, volunteers, and first-responders take on their missions along with branded swag, clothing, and more!”

Here’s the short list:

  • i Under Armour Backpack
  • 1 Under Armour Belt
  • 1 Gerber Gear Shard Keychain Tool
  • 1 Pair od Mechanix Wear Gloves
  • 1 Mechanix Wear Face Mask
  • 2 ReadyWise MREs
  • 1 LuminAID Packlite Hero 2-in-1 phone charger
  • 1 Carhartt Grey Beanie
  • 1 WAEF First Aid Kit/Nalgene Bottle
  • 1 Team Rubicon Red Bandana
  • 1 Team Rubicon Baseball Hat
  • 1 Team Rubicon Wet/Dry Bag
  • 1 Team Rubicon Notebook
  • 2 Team Rubicon Carpenter Pencils
  • 1 Team Rubicon Pen
  • 3 Team Rubicon Patches (PREPARE, RESPOND, RECOVER)
LuminAID Packlite Hero 2-in-1 phone charger
Bright Idea: LuminAID Packlite Hero 2-in-1 phone charger

The BAG also included a list of tasks to help learn about the veterans who lead the charge at home and abroad, and how you can support Team Rubicon’s disaster relief efforts.

How can you help? Join the Support Squad or donate via this link: https://teamrubiconusa.org/give/

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