Elias' Athletics Fund

$6,600 of $6,375 goal

Raised by 104 people in 27 months

Help Elias reach his athletic dreams!

My name is Brooke, I live in Sunbury, Victoria and I would like to help a young talented boy try to live his dreams of becoming an elite athletics runner.

I first met Elias (12 years old) as I worked as an Integration Aide at his Primary school.  I attended several athletics days for the school and noticed how naturally talented he was at running.  He had never had any experience outside of school with athletics and had no training.  He was competing against other kids with years of experience and wearing the latest designer athletics shoes...and he was beating them!  After much consideration, and permission from his Aunty, I started to take Elias to my local family Little Athletics club in Sunbury.  Every Saturday morning I leave my home in Sunbury and drive to Ascot Vale to pick up Elias.  I then drive back to Sunbury to watch Elias and my son compete.  Elias started Little Athletics late in November 2015 and has never looked back.  In fact he is only looking forward, with dreams of representing Australia and eventually in the Olympics.

Elias has not had an easy start to life.  He left his birth country of Ethiopia in 2012, aged 8 after the tragic death of both parents.  He travelled to Australia with his older brother and sister, not knowing a word of English.  His Aunty took on the great responsibility of caring for her two nephews and neice whilst she already had two young children of her own.  Their extended family has united as one, but life is not easy as a single parent with 5 children to care for.

I do not believe that you should have to be wealthy to persue sporting success.  This should be an opportunity open to any young, talented athlete reaching for their dreams.

This fund has so far assisted Elias in travelling to Sydney to compete in his first Australian Junior Championships.
We flew up on Qantas and stayed at the Quest appartments across from the Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre.  He competed in both the 400m & 800m events.  He qualified for the finals in both events, with a pb in his 400m heat.

With a contribution from the Sunbury Little Athletics Centre, Elias was also able to go back to Sydney a couple of weeks later to compete in the Asics Australian Little Athletics Championships (ALAC) for the 800m.  This is a privilage to get selected for - as this competition is only for u13's in individual events or u15 for the heptathlon.  He was one of 13 boys selected in the Victorian team.  He put on an amazing personal best performance of 2:09.99 to take out the gold medal - and his first Australian national medal!

I have also opened an Australian Sports Foundation account for fundraising which makes all donations over $2 tax deductible.  If you require a receipt for your donation please process your donation through:
https://asf.org.au/athletes/elias-kahsay/

I have helped Elias with his athletics asperations as much as possible.  Any contribution would be greatly appreciated not only by myself but also by Elias and his family, who are always grateful for any assistance.

With lots of assistance we have reached our goal for the 2017/18 season and Elias will now be able to compete stress free knowing he has the funds to get to Sydney at the end of the season.  Our fundraising campaign went to extreme lengths this year and with a lot of luck and generousity we were able to pull off a great sports fundraising night with host Megan Hustwaite (SEN1116) chatting to a handful of elite athletes: Jimmy Bartel (AFL - Geelong Champion), Adam Tomlinson (AFL - GWS Player), Elise O'Dea (AFLW - Melbourne player), Daniel Harford (former AFL player for Hawthorn & Carlton), Will Tomlinson (former professional boxing champion), Barrie Lester (Lawn Bowls champion competing at the Commonwealth Games), Guy Walker (Victorian Bushrangers Cricketer) and Louella Tomlinson (WNBL player for Melbourne Boomers).  All of these professionals volunteered their time to raise money for Elias....and that we did!!

Photo: Kadek Thatcher Photography

Photo: Kadek Thatcher Photography

Photo: Kadek Thatcher Photography

Photo: Kadek Thatcher Photography

Photo: Kadek Thatcher Photography





Now its time to enjoy the track and field season and have a break before I start dreaming up what we will do next season....hahaha!

Please follow Elias on social media to keep up to date with his progress this season.

facebook.com/Elias-Kahsay-142463629676037/

Instagram: elias_kahsay_athletics

Twitter: @eliaskahsay_ath

 


2017 Victorian Junior Championships U14 Men 800m



2017 Little Athletics Victoria State Championships U13 Boys 800m


 

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Well we had the most amazing night last night at the fundraiser! It was great to meet all the generous people including Host Megan Hustwaite and special guests Jimmy Bartel, Adam Tomlinson, Elise O'Dea, Daniel Harford, Will Tomlinson, Barrie Lester, Guy Walker and Louella Tomlinson. We have now raised enough funds to send Elias to Sydney this season. Thank you, thank you, thank you
Elias with the footy panel
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Please come along to our sports fundraising event for Elias!
We have a whole panel of sports personalities as special guests.

Book your tickets at: http://www.trybooking.com/RVHU

Monday 2nd October at The Laurel Hotel in Ascot Vale 7-9pm (this is on the school holidays)
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Please see attached poster for a fundraising event that will be held to raise money for Elias to attend the next National Junior Championships in Sydney.
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SAVE THE DATE....Monday 2nd October 7-9pm, The Laurel Hotel, Ascot Vale

Elias' Fundraising night with host and special guest speakers from professional sport and media.
More details to come once confirmed.
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Philippa Sambevski
21 months ago
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Such good news!! Please keep us updated and good luck xx

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Philippa Sambevski
19 months ago

I had to keep reading your news- we are so happy and proud for you all. Please pass on our congratulations from myself and Bridget. What a champion!!

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Christine Tudor
19 months ago

Watched his event on live stream Awesome run Pass on our big congratulations to him. We are all so proud of his effort and commitment

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Philippa Sambevski
19 months ago

It's a wonderful experience to watch the progress of Elias in only his second year of athletics.... Olympics 2020??? Can we all come and watch??

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Mark Gray
19 months ago

Congratulations to all your team from the watertank cleaners. We really appreciate getting your updates and if we can help with future fundraising please don't hesitate to contact us! Super proud of you Elias

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Pamela Perry
20 months ago

Fantastic news! Well done Elias. Thank-you Brooke for all you have done for him in supporting his running. Good luck at the Nationals Elias.

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Christine Tudor
20 months ago

Congratulations on being selected. A really great achievement. ...best of luck for Nationals

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Pamela Perry
20 months ago

Well done Elias! I am so proud of what you have achieved. Keep focused and strive to be the very best that I know you can be.

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Wayne Haworth
20 months ago

Congratulations Elias. Keep working hard to achieve your goals. We are proud of you!

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Laurel Kinross
21 months ago

Such exciting news! Wish Elias all the best from AVW

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Laurel Kinross
25 months ago

Fabulous effort Elias, keep up the training and most of all enjoy the experience!

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Created August 12, 2016
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$200
Anonymous
12 months ago
MS
$25
Michelle Sillery
13 months ago

All the best with the fundraising Brooke, you're doing a magnificent job xx

DH
$500
Don Hilton
14 months ago

Thanks to Pam Perry for alerting me to this great drive. Good luck mate....wishing you all success

DC
$50
Darrin Cambus
14 months ago

Will try to get there for your big night.

$20
Anonymous
14 months ago
JC
$100
John Caulfield
14 months ago

Hope this gets to the Champs where you can excel !

WC
$50
Watertank cleaning Company
14 months ago
1
1

Hey guys, absolutely wrapped to get all the updates and watch your continued development. From Paul,Mark and all the staff at the company good luck with all your running and make sure you always have fun!

$100
April Onsafari
15 months ago

Great work Brooke for giving Elias such great support!

$50
Pamela Perry
15 months ago

Looking forward to hearing more about your success in running Elias. Good luck!

Philippa Sambevski
21 months ago
1
1

Such good news!! Please keep us updated and good luck xx

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Philippa Sambevski
19 months ago

I had to keep reading your news- we are so happy and proud for you all. Please pass on our congratulations from myself and Bridget. What a champion!!

+ Read More
Christine Tudor
19 months ago

Watched his event on live stream Awesome run Pass on our big congratulations to him. We are all so proud of his effort and commitment

+ Read More
Philippa Sambevski
19 months ago

It's a wonderful experience to watch the progress of Elias in only his second year of athletics.... Olympics 2020??? Can we all come and watch??

+ Read More
Mark Gray
19 months ago

Congratulations to all your team from the watertank cleaners. We really appreciate getting your updates and if we can help with future fundraising please don't hesitate to contact us! Super proud of you Elias

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Pamela Perry
20 months ago

Fantastic news! Well done Elias. Thank-you Brooke for all you have done for him in supporting his running. Good luck at the Nationals Elias.

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Christine Tudor
20 months ago

Congratulations on being selected. A really great achievement. ...best of luck for Nationals

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Pamela Perry
20 months ago

Well done Elias! I am so proud of what you have achieved. Keep focused and strive to be the very best that I know you can be.

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Wayne Haworth
20 months ago

Congratulations Elias. Keep working hard to achieve your goals. We are proud of you!

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Laurel Kinross
21 months ago

Such exciting news! Wish Elias all the best from AVW

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Laurel Kinross
25 months ago

Fabulous effort Elias, keep up the training and most of all enjoy the experience!

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