Hi my name is Sarah and I am a goalie.
In the early winter of 2016 during my first year as a full time goalie for an Atom A2 team I came across a lot of mail from various organizations looking for donations – It was that time of year. I thought it would be nice to donate some money to help others. Through the guidance of my parents, we decided to choose one organization and use my role as a goalie to raise money. We chose Pediatric Cancer Research at CancerCare Manitoba. $1 for every goal I let in and $5 for each shutout sounded like something affordable for me as I needed to reach into my own bank account. We kept track of all the stats through the year so that at the end of the season I could donate the accumulated amount.
On Dec 5th we posted on Twitter that I was officially starting my fundraising campaign. Directing the post to some of my hockey heroes for a like and retweet, I got a response that I didn’t expect. Team Canada’s Two time Olympic gold medal Womens Hockey goaltender Shannon Szabados replied back that she was going to match my personal donation. Shannon has been my role model for a few years so I was blown away by her commitment.
A day later we even got a reply from Goal tender Bob Klem who fund raises for Pancreatic Cancer Research in Kansas City. He was joining our team as well!
During the season I fund raised at various events and locations, but it was social media, word of mouth and my family & friends that really excelled the fundraising efforts.
With an original goal of $1000.00, we ended up donating a total of $3550.00.
In 2017 we decided to continue the efforts in raising money for children affected with cancer. Many of the same friends, family and team mates helped me raise an additional $3000.00! To date we have raised a total of $6550.00 for CancerCare Manitoba.
This year marks our third year. We hope that with everyone’s help we will be able to break the goal of $10 000.00. Hard-work and dedication is what it will take, along with the compassion of people like you.