Posted: Aug 21, 2012 1:47 PM by Madelyn Monteath, KSBY News
Updated: Aug 22, 2012 5:10 PM
Jacob Mansbach, an energetic 8-year-old from Roosevelt Elementary School, is inspiring the Santa Barbara community to support the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. One of the youngest participants in this year's Santa Barbara Triathlon, taking place August 24-26, Jacob has set a fundraising goal of $4,000 for the organization - and is getting close to the mark.
Jacob first established a relationship with the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County earlier this year when he volunteered at the Foodbank warehouse. Jacob helped to fill backpacks with fruits, vegetables and other nutritious food for the nonprofit's BackPack Program that focuses on helping homeless and transient children get the nutrition they need during the weekend, when they may not be receiving meals elsewhere.
Naturally athletic, Jacob's approach to preparing for the Triathlon comes naturally through his enjoyment of being active and outdoors with his parents and younger brother - swimming, biking, surfing, hiking, stand-up paddleboarding and more.
"The most important part is having a good time" says Jacob about the upcoming triathlon. "I also want to inspire kids my age to be interested in triathlon because it's super fun!" Jacob will be participating in the triathlon's Sprint Course, on August 26th.
"Jacob's energy is contagious and with it, he has been able to rally his community together to help Foodbank," said Jacob's mother, Jennifer. "What a great learning opportunity -- that with focus and desire he can help others by being who he is -- a passionate, enthusiastic kid."
With the help of family, friends, and the support of the community, Jacob has successfully raised over $3,500 of his $4,000 goal. To follow Jacob's progress and contribute to Foodbank, click here.
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