Help for Michael

Our friend, brother and son, Michael Spavor, has spent a year in Chinese jail. He will soon spend his second Christmas behind bars, without his family, and without access to lawyers.

Knowing that he has support from outside is lifting Michael's spirits, despite very challenging circumstances.

Michael is an earnest, genuine, and impossibly fun person, whom we believe has been detained in error. He deserves better, as does fellow Canadian detainee Michael Kovrig.

We have created this GoFundMe to help Michael afford to pay legal costs he is likely to incur and for living costs when he is out. This episode could seriously affect his livelihood, possibly result in deportation and loss of possessions. Michael’s friends are trying to raise funds to help support him.

You can donate anonymously. (Note the target amount is in Canadian dollars, so please adjust accordingly).

This page is jointly run by a small group of Michael’s close friends. You can contact two of them, Andray and Jacco, for media enquiries:

[email redacted] (American time zones)
[email redacted] (Asian time zones) 
CC both.

Please also see to learn more about Michael.


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  • Francois Savard 
    • $50 
    • 8 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $19 
    • 1 mo
  • Terry Curley 
    • $40 
    • 1 mo
  • John and Carla van der Zweep 
    • $100 
    • 1 mo
  • JO McKinnon 
    • $350 
    • 1 mo
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Fundraising team: Friends of Michael (6)

James P 
Calgary , AB
Paul Spavor 
Andray Abrahamian 
Team member
Jacco Zwetsloot 
Team member
Mark Livesey 
Team member
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