Help for Michael

$13,010 of $22,000 goal

Raised by 75 people in 6 months
Created December 17, 2018
Friends of Michael
on behalf of Paul Spavor
Our loving and gregarious friend, brother and son, Michael Spavor, is being detained in China and there is no clear timeline for his release. He is being held by Chinese authorities in a constantly lit room and being interrogated “on the order of four hours each day”, Canada’s Ambassador to China has been reported as saying. He will need all the support he can get from family and friends when he is released, a day we hope will come soon.

Many countries, leaders, diplomats and academics have stood up to request Michael’s release and his fellow Canadian’s release, amid a diplomatic crisis for which they have no reasonable role or responsibility.

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:

andray.abrahamian@gmail.com (American time zones)
jacco.zwetsloot@gmail.com (Asian time zones) 
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URGENT: We do not know why GoFundMe has returned donations. It happened unexpectedly and we are working to understand and resolve this. In the meantime, could you please email freemichaelspavor@gmail.com with the subject "Donor" so that we can contact you directly and rearrange your donation. Please do not donate again on this platform until we have a chance to better understand the issue. Thank you so very much.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
andray.abrahamian@gmail.com (American time zones)
jacco.zwetsloot@gmail.com (Asian time zones)
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We do not know why Gofundme is trying to refund donations. We’re doing our best to resolve the issue, thanks for your patience.
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As you celebrate with your family this Christmas, don't forget Michael. Donations for this campaign are being accepted in Canadian, not U.S. dollars. If you donated $100 CAD ($74 USD) last time, please consider donating another $35 CAD this Christmas, to make your donation a nice, round $100 USD. Similarly, if you or your friends and family have been thinking about a charity donation for Christmas this year, please consider donating to the campaign. Thanks to everyone for your generosity so far. We'll raise a glass to Michael on Christmas Day.
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$13,010 of $22,000 goal

Raised by 75 people in 6 months
Created December 17, 2018
Friends of Michael
on behalf of Paul Spavor
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