As our National Team funding continues to be delayed, now putting us at the 6 month mark without funding – having traveled around the world already (Brazil, USA, China, Europe, and back to Canada) with zero funding has been unbelievably difficult and if it weren’t for friends I would not have been able to compete and push for London 2012 simple based on lack of funds. We still have a few trips to Europe for many more events as the season continues. These competitions are crucial for many reasons; entry points, prize money, and London.
It’s with loads of relief and pleasure to announce that the CAN Fund (Canadian Athletes Now Fund) has launched an emergency fundraiser in effort to bridge the gap between our lack of funding and our international competition expenses.
To donate to the Canadian Beach Volleyball team and help the Canadian Beach Volleyball program qualify for London go here: http://my.e2rm.com/personalPage.aspx?registrationID=1446366
Message from CAN Fund:
CANADIAN BEACH VOLLEYBALL EMERGENCY TRAVEL FUND
For the past 6 months none of our Canadian Beach Volleyball players have been receiving their carding, as it has been put on hold by their federation Volleyball Canada. Carding is the government funding that is allocated to each federation to be distributed to the top athletes in Canada. It’s a complex story as to why their carding is on hold but it has been a re-occuring issue for the past few years. The important part of the story is that our athletes live and rely heavily on their carding income to cover their basic living expenses, to eat properly, to afford to travel to important international competitions. Each team is also paying for their own travel, equipment, coaching and food as Volleyball
Canada does give them money to compete for Canada.
Both our Men’s and Women’s Beach Volleyball teams have only a few international competitions remaining for their final chance to qualify for London and to realize their dream of representing Canada. They are the best in Canada, competing against the rest of the world’s best and many cannot afford to buy a plane ticket to get to their remaining competitions which are in the Czech Republic, Russia and Italy. They are scheduled to depart this Friday May 18 to compete in these tournaments which are essential to their Olympic qualification process. London is a dream that has been an 8+ year journey for most of these athletes. From now until Friday May 18, when you donate to CAN Fund you will be helping our national beach volleyball athletes compete in their Olympic qualifiers
Thanks CAN Fund – you guys are truly all about the athletes and we are extremely grateful for everything you do!
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