Send Calgary All Stars to Sweden!

$16,803 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 161 people in 24 months
Created July 14, 2017

NEW: Whenever we hit a new benchmark in our fundraising we'll have something fun to share. As if you needed anymore incentive to chip in... check out what happens at $15,000...

We'll create video of each benchmark ASAP after it is achieved—with the exception of Sweden-specific benchmarks like penalty burpess and eating that famously stanky herring. Videos will be posted here (under UPDATES) and on our Facebook (Calgary Roller Derby - All Stars) and Instagram (@CRDAAllStars).

We’re going to raise the bar

Friends, family, fans, supporters—YOU did this for us! We are so grateful to you for your generosity!

You raised $5,000 for us in three days. You did it. You have ensured we can tackle our jet lag with a good night’s rest during D1 Playoffs in Malmo, Sweden. Our hotel rooms are COVERED.

We have a lot further to go to ensure that as many teammates as possible can travel to Malmo.

We’re going to raise the bar.

We’re aiming to raise $25,000. We have dreamed big before.

Where’d we get this number? Here are our conservative personal cost estimates per person without any fundraising support (all in Canadian dollars):

Flight (Calgary to Copenhagen, round trip): $1,250-$1,800
Train (Copenhagen to Malmo, round trip): $60
Hotel (quad occupancy x 6 nights; updated figure—original estimate was $1,500 under actual due to some incomplete information): $305 COVERED BY GOFUNDME DONORS!
Meals (grocery store bare minimum ranging up to some meals out): $100-400
Spending Money (public transit, fika , etc.): $200
Lost wages (Alberta minimum wage $12.20 hourly x 40 hours): $488

Estimated total personal cost per team member: $2,293-3,143

Team members travelling: (14 roster + 4 coach/support staff) maximum 18; actual TBD based on fundraising

Total minimum cost: $41,274-56,574

*these costs don't include child care, actual lost wages, physiotherapy for any injuries sustained while playing, etc. Also does not include the costs of running our related fundraisers, which are minimal, but would include things like poster supplies to advertise our garage sale, gas for our trainers to go to bootcamp locations, some online advertising to promote fundraising events, postcards and postage.

We intend to reward our supporters with fun updates in the lead-up to and at the tournament as well as a variety of digital downloads. We’re still developing everything, so stay tuned. Super fun: We'll announce some incentives for us reaching certain benchmarks along the way to our ultimate goal. 

Importantly, everyone who has already donated will have access to the perks as we finalize them. 

One of our major GoFundMe incentives, we’ll have new bootcamp offerings coming later this week—if you’re a roller derby league within driving distance of Calgary, you can book us to bring proven, experienced D1 WFTDA coaches and/or D1 skater-coaches, including Calgary All Stars who are members of Team Canada and Team Canada Men’s roller derby. 

Email Easy Break Oven steamcurl@shaw.ca to inquire about a bootcamp for your league.

Outside of GoFundMe, we’re planning a wide variety of fundraising activities, including all the classics, like garage sales, lemonade sales, silent auctions, roller derby watch parties and more.

Important Note: If you would like to contribute offline, you may provide cash or cheque to a member of the All Stars. We’ll still count it towards our goal, but we won’t need to pay the 7.9% processing fees (combined fee for PayPal and GoFundMe) on your donation.

Again, we can’t say thank you enthusiastically enough for everyone who has already supported us!


Hi. We’re the Calgary Roller Derby All Stars and we’re going to the WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs for the first time!

In Malmö, Sweden.

Holy crap.

That’s 14,400 kilometres (8,950 miles) round trip from Calgary. (That’s like 73,298 Calgary Towers laid down end to end. It’s also 35% of the way around the planet.)

The Short Version: To make this epic journey, we’re amping up our fundraising. Our fundraising goal is to cover 100% of the hotel/accommodations for our roster and support staff in Malmo and to defray the significant flight costs as much as possible. This $5,000 goal is our starting point, though we'd LOVE to annihilate it and aim even higher.

Why should you help us out? You have, of course, come here because there’s something about us you like. We like you too! Your donation not only supports this team you love, but also gets you some cool swag, digital or otherwise.

The Longer Version: We had an amazing 2016 season. We planned on three tournaments and got ourselves into Division 2 playoffs for the first time in our history!

At D2 Playoffs in Lansing, we won Gold and secured an invite to D2 Champs in Portland! In Portland, we earned Bronze AND got to watch our heroes play. We couldn’t have gotten there—four international tournaments and one on the other side of the country—without our generous donors last year and our leaguemates, sponsors, officials and volunteers who make derby possible.

Now, in 2017 the skaters and support staff on this team have paid mostly out of pocket for international travel twice this year. First, in April we went to Tucson, Arizona, for the Dust Devil tournament where we started our season with a bang, including victories over Sacred City and Wasatch roller derby. Our victories were sweet and the post-game tacos were unforgettable.

Then, in June, we went to East Coast Derby Extravaganza in Philadelphia. We knew it was our last chance of the season to boost our ranking and either secure a 1-seed in Division 2 Playoffs or maybe, just maybe, push into Division 1…

And we did it.

With a huge win over Brandywine, we pushed our ranking to #35 in the world—up 12 spots from a year earlier.

So much for 2017 being a rebuilding year.

In addition to the donation options here on GoFundMe, we’ll be doing everything we can to help defray the very real costs of flying across an ocean to play the sport we love and represent our country and city abroad. Stay tuned for updates on those fundraising events, especially if you’re in the Calgary area!

First up: Pancake breakfast Aug. 19

We’re still awaiting hotel information, but our early research shows roundtrip flights range from about $850 to $1,300 CAD on the low end, which includes about 20 hours of travel each way.

We estimate approximately $3,500 CAD in accomodation fees for the 5 nights we're there for the tournament (not including additional personal travel days to acclimatize to the 8-hour time difference.)

We expect to work with a travel agent to secure the best possible deals for our skaters and support staff.

Every single donation makes a difference. Thank you for any help you can give!

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THANK YOU for everything you have done to support us to this point. We know that for many of our generous donors, it's not just dollars you've contributed, but also your time, your cheering lungs and your day-to-day tolerance of (and enthusiasm for!) our obsession with this sport. And it means the WORLD to us.

*Reward Benchmarks*
In case you haven't been following on Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/CRDA.AllStars/), we've done some fun stuff:
Easy Break Oven got pied in the face: https://www.facebook.com/CRDA.AllStars/videos/1309681175811176/
We were on CBC Radio: https://www.facebook.com/CRDA.AllStars/posts/1314544405324853
Our garage sale video ad made us laugh like nothing else in the world: https://www.facebook.com/CRDA.AllStars/videos/1314600805319213/
We rowed (symbolically) to Sweden: https://www.facebook.com/CRDA.AllStars/videos/1316481131797847/
N-Gauge wore A LOT of layers: https://www.facebook.com/CRDA.AllStars/videos/1317403675038926/

***Handy Info***
Want to watch us play at playoffs?
YES, we'd want to watch us too!

Our first game is Friday Sept. 8 at 6 a.m. Calgary time (not in Calgary? Use this link to find our game in your timezone https://derbyontoast.com/playoffs-bracket-challenge/fixtures)

To watch, you'll need to get a WFTDA.tv watchpass. It's about $20 CAD. Go to this page ( https://wftda.tv/watch-pass/) and find the "D1 Playoffs in Malmo Watch Pass" button.

Check out the derby conversation on Twitter during or after our games to see what people noticed: https://twitter.com/search?f=tweets&vertical=default&q=%23talk2wftda&src=typd (we're @CGYRollerDerby)

Don't forget to follow the team on Instagram @CRDAAllStars and the league on Instagram @CalgaryRollerDerby

IN THE MEANTIME—we're headed to Europe! We'll be in touch! We love you!
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We REALLY know how to put the fun in fundraising.

(Sorry, couldn't resist!)

If you're not tuned into our Facebook page, you may have missed DARE DATE WITH N-GAUGE!

Over the course of a week, with every $5 donation, donors could dare our teammate N-Gauge something. At the end of the week, she drew one dare from all those input. The one she drew? A Canadian 5K Doughnut run. Here's our video of what happened next: https://www.facebook.com/CRDA.AllStars/videos/1299372896842004/

(And she's doing it again this week! If you have donated since Aug. 7, be sure to get us your dare(s) before Aug. 17! Reply to this message with your dare.)

We're in the news!
Calgary Herald: http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/calgary-roller-derby-squad-headed-to-sweden
Global Morning News: http://globalnews.ca/video/3651632/calgary-roller-derby-all-stars-are-heading-to-sweden

Finally, if you're in Calgary, we'd love to have you out to our shenanigans game vs. the Glenmore Reservoir Dogs on Sept. 20 where you can donate to change the course of the game! https://www.facebook.com/events/113060356017925/
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Can you believe it's only Tuesday? We have so much for you!

Last night, we released a wee teaser for the Great White North. What's that? Our captains Boswell and Lever are channeling the spirit of famed hosers Bob & Doug McKenzie, but with just a little more lady. Our donors of $50+ will get access to those exclusive videos this week. It'll come via email from media@calgaryrollerderby.com. Watch: https://www.facebook.com/CRDA.AllStars/videos/1286416011471026/

This morning, we woke up to learn we'd past the $10,000 mark! That means another watermelon must be sacrificed. And so it shall be. Watch it: https://www.facebook.com/CRDA.AllStars/videos/1286833204762640/
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If you donated $50 or more, be warned: Great White Nörth is coming...
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