Raptor fans: Help support KD's Charity Foundation!
$36,530 of $40,000 goal
On behalf of the level-headed and true fans of Raptor Nation - from Toronto to Vancouver to Iqaluit to St. John's, and any fans living outside Canada: we wanted to say "sorry".
We're sorry that some fans of Raptor Nation at the Scotiabank arena, Jurassic Park, and in some bars/restaurants showing the game, displayed an ugly side of fandom when they cheered on the injury of Kevin Durant.
This isn't cool. This isn't right. This isn't what I expect from fellow Canadians.
Yes, we're hungry for a championship however true NBA fans would never cheer on a man getting injured or wave goodbye as they limp to the locker-room area.. KD is a player that brings up the game of basketball. This NBA Playoffs have had a lot of ugly fan moments. From racist tweets being hurled at Nav Bhatia, Raptor superfan to part-owners shoving players ... there have been a lot of heated moments throughout these playoffs.
Both of the examples had crazy fans that did not reflect their team's fanbase. I'd like to believe that the people cheering / waving goodbye at KD inside Scotiabank and in Jurassic Park also do not reflect our passionate fanbase.
I know for the next few days the sports talk shows won't be talking about the game much... they'll be talking about how crappy our fans are.
So I'd like to at least do my part in turning lemons into lemonade and showing the world how uncrappy we are.
Join me in sending our well-wishes to KD as he recovers. He's put his blood, sweat and tears in this beautiful sport. Let's give back to something he's passionate about - helping to enrich the lives of at-risk youth from low-income backgrounds through educational, athletic and social programs through the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation.
GoFundMe needs a Canadian bank account for the funds to be transferred to. We'll then send that money over to the KDCF. I've been in touch with Jose Mena, Director of KDCF from the start and along with GoFundMe, we've been trying to crack an efficient and seamless way to get the money to the charity.
National Basketball Player's Association Foundation (NBPAF) referred Jose to Tasha Shea, a Social Impact Development Consultant to assist us with the process.
The NBPAF knows Tasha through her work with Raptors players foundations in Toronto, including The Serge Ibaka Foundation. Tasha has over ten years experience working with charities in Toronto and internationally including The Stop Community Food Centre, Women's Shelters Canada, The Ontario Employment Education Research Centre, UNICEF and others. Tasha has a Masters in International Development from York University with a focus using fundraising as a tool to build diverse communities. You can peep her LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tasha-shea-3b619a6b/
You might have seen her name pop up beside mine on this GoFundMe page. GoFundMe does that automatically when the campaign adds a beneficiary to the withdrawal process. We'll be sending another update out once the money reaches KDCF. The total will be $35,081 after GoFundMe processing fees.
We've all been talking (GoFundMe, Jose from KDCF, Tasha reco'd by NBPAF, and myself) and we're trying to make this as transparent as possible.
I've also went through my Facebook Messenger account and found a message from Jason Reiniger, founder of SorryKD.com (you may have seen his name in a few interviews too). He said his campaign raised $20K CDN that went directly to the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation.
That means in total, combining both campaigns together, Raptor fans across Canada raised over $55,000 to the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation! WOW!
Enjoy the off-season... you'll be hearing from me soon when the transfer is complete.
Thanks to all who donated to the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation. If you saw any of my past posts or tweets, you'll see that it sort of blew up and went viral (whoops). It's now officially over $36,500. Definitely didn't expect that. After GoFundMe transaction fees, this would be $35,000 (which is perfect for #35)!
Donations are officially closed for this campaign. THANK YOU to the 1,293 people who supported this campaign and many more of you who shared it and discussed it in their gatherings and social media feed.
I'll keep my social channels (@hamzahmoin on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) as a way to inform donors and supporters of the campaign where their money is going. It'll be a bit of a process and take a few days for it to reach the charity but I'm going to try my best to keep things as transparent as possible.
Latest update - GoFundMe and the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation have started talking on the best way to transfer the donations. I'm trying to take myself out of the picture so they can transfer 'seamlessly' but worst case scenario - I'd need to cut a cheque on their behalf.
In the meantime - if you've donated and still feel like you're in the giving mood - here are three other amazing causes to consider:
▪️ Cardiac care at Markham Stouffville Hospital - I organized a Ramadan Bowlathon to raise money in the ICU unit for my local hospital. So far $18,000 was raised and there's still room for more donations. Support here: http://support.mshf.on.ca/site/TR?fr_id=1201&pg=entry
▪️ Last week was the Halton Walk for Down Syndrome - and I'm supporting Team Yusuf, a little hero of mine. His team won but you can still support him at this link: http://halton.convio.net/site/TR/Walk/General?team_id=1122&pg=team&fr_id=1040
▪️ There is also A LOT going on in Sudan - Sports can bring us together… hopefully we can also use this renewed sense of community to come together to help out those in need on the other side of the planet as well. I'm still doing my research on good charities doing work in Sudan. If you have any recommendations please let me know and I'll edit this.
Thanks for reading all and stay tuned on my social
Hi, you should know a bit about me since I'll be handling your donation. You already trusted me... the least I can do is tell you a bit more about myself.
My name is Hamzah Moin, I was born in Hamilton, Ontario and lived in the GTA my entire life (Burlington, Mississauga, Scarborough and now Markham). There's a picture of me attached to this post (just so people know I'm a real person).
Full-time, I work as a Digital Communications Specialist in the healthcare industry. I'm a part-time comedian and a struggling satirical writer/novelist.
I used to work for a hospital's foundation so the world of charity isn't new for me. In 2017, I organized my first crowdfunding campaign to raise $12,000+ for a new Multi-Faith space at Providence Healthcare, a hospital located in Scarborough, Ontario. A year later, I organized a Peer-to-peer fundraising campaign called the Ramadan Bowlathon, raising over $16,000 for improved and safer beds for patients at Providence Healthcare as well. Most recently, this year's Ramadan Bowlathon raised $18,000 for new cardiac care equipment in the ICU at Markham Stouffville Hospital. All three of these campaigns have been amazing and the community support keeps growing and growing year after year.
Technically, this KD Charity Foundation is my 4th crowdfunding/P2P campaign. However, it's the first 'international' one and easily the one that has been the most viral.
I hope saying all of the above will alleviate some concerns about who I am. If it doesn't and you're still weirded out but still wish to donate then I encourage you to go on the KD Charity Foundation and donate directly on there.
WE ALL OVER THE NEWS YO
Support has been overwhelming. My phone has been buzzing non-stop. It seems like every media outlet has covered this campaign in some capacity. It's now being picked up in the US Media too: NBC Sports, Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report. Tomorrow it'll be on some other ones. If you aren't annoyed by me yet... oh just you wait.
DOES KEVIN DURANT KNOW ABOUT IT?
Sort of. The Director of the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation reached out to me and mentioned that had seen such a massive uptick from donations on their homepage (outside the GoFundMe). This is amazing! Although KD is aware there was a massive uptake in donations for the Foundation, to my knowledge isn't yet aware of the GoFundMe campaign and all the love he's been getting across Canada (I figure he's been a bit busy with the doctors and all). The director of the Foundation definitely will let him know soon.
INCREASING THE GOAL
Momentum is on our side before Game 6. The love and support has been incredible and the KD Charity Foundation is SUPER appreciative of the love they're getting. People have been asking if we can beyond $25k. THERE IS NO LIMIT TO OUR RAPTOR LOVE IT SEEMS. Let's start with $40K and see how we do!
Thank you for this amazing support all. More updates coming soon. Thank you to the media who has picked up this story... it's been amazing and inspiring to read some of these uplifting comments.