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Rez Girls On (New) Ice

$58,950 of $90,000 goal

Raised by 587 people in 1 month
Created October 16, 2018
3,000 For $30 In 30 Days.

The Rez Girls are back! The 2018-2019 roster is coming together.  And they need new ice.

The Rez Girls hockey team does not have a cement pad in their arena to 
practice on.

We are raising funds to gift this team and northern community with a proper ice pad to practice, enjoy, and use for off-season events.

If 3,000 people donated $30 each within the next 30 days it will provide enough funding and time to have the cement surface completed for the girls to use this season.
  
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This past spring our family had the good fortune of getting to know an all-girl’s hockey team from Eabametoong First Nation (Fort Hope, ON), the JCY Rez Girls 64.

Having only learned to skate the year prior and without proper equipment or facility, this team managed to raise $120,000 to attend the 35th Kanata Girls Hockey Association House League Tournament, and sight-see around Ottawa with their parents and coaches. During their tournament, we took professional and fun photos of the girls' games and events. 

The Rez Girls took Eastern Ontario by media storm, as people from near and far came to cheer them on.

It was important for us to continue our new friendships, so we flew to Fort Hope one month later. We hand-delivered the girls’ portraits at a potluck, volunteered at the school and wandered around making new friends. Fort Hope is beautiful.

But we learned that The Rez Girls hockey team does not have a cement pad to practice on.

Instead, it is a large pebbled area in the arena that gets flooded, delaying the season’s start and ending the season early. The girls practiced all last winter on the lake and the arena’s questionable ice surface - each a disadvantage if they want to increase their skills and play at a higher level.

The estimated cost of the cement, rebar and extras will near $90,000.

Last spring the love and generosity that the Kingston community (and beyond) showed this hockey team was overwhelming.

Would you overwhelm us again, by donating to our “3,000 for $30 in 30 Days” campaign that would allow for a First Nations all-girls team to enjoy some ice time?  
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Hey Rez Girls Fans! Today is Giving Tuesday. #GivingTuesdayCa We are counting on you today to share our campaign that is raising funds for a new ice pad for the JCY Rez Girls 64 Wolves and the community they live in, Fort Hope, ON.
These girls are overcoming many odds both personally and at brutally unfair and systemic govt level. We believe this Indigenous girls team deserves the same sports opportunities as every other child does. If you have a hockey ‘in’, or a possible fundraising idea, please message me. Please share and consider donating.
#morethanarink #firstnationsgirlshockey #hockeyishope https://www.gofundme.com/rez-girls-on-new-ice
A couple of coaches and a few Rez Girls!
They are counting on us!
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Please help us push out another plug for this campaign on your social media accounts. Feel free to copy and paste the following or a small excerpt from it. A link to the campaign is at the bottom, as well as a link to a promo video you are welcome to use. https://video214.com/play/Q8w0JxkF8UiCvsrygaA2kA/s/dark
With thanks, Katie and Steve
GIRLS 64 UPDATE: Our 3,000 for $30 campaign to raise money for a new hockey rink has drawn international attention within 30 days, and 600+ people have raised over $42,000 in online and cash donations. The response has been overwhelming, with many beautiful and significant reasons for giving including: personal acts of reconciliation, social justice, the belief that this resilient First Nation's girls hockey team deserves the same opportunity to succeed as every other kid. Our goal is $90K to build a cement base that will lengthen the season for practice. Currently the team has to wait for natural temperatures to freeze the lake and the flooded pebbled surface in the arena. The fly-in reserve of Fort Hope where this team lives, continuously overcomes many odds including boil-water advisories, a lack of infrastructure and inequality of education. Let's give this community something they can enjoy, the long-term investment of a hockey rink. GFM Link: https://www.gofundme.com/rez-girls-on-new-ice
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Hello Rez Girls 64 fans!
Quick update: Our campaign for a concrete pad continues to build momentum via word of mouth and media. There are so many kind, generous people out there cheering these girls and their community of Fort Hope on! Steve and I are working hard seeking out contacts and networking to further the awareness of this Go Fund Me.

We really need your help! We are days away from meeting our ideal goal, $90k in 30 days. It’s a big ask - we know! We are asking that you kindly promote this campaign anew on your social media platforms with a fresh reason as to why you have and believe in these girls. Or, perhaps your workplace would fundraiser and donate as group? Please feel free to email me katie@unveiledphotography.net if you have any plans to do so.

We are so grateful for your time and consideration!
Katie
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Dear Everyone.

Each hour people are donating - some more than $30, some less than $30, to be sure, it all counts.
Here are the reasons you have donated:

- your kids play hockey
- you play hockey
- out of reconciliation
- out social justice
- the benefits of physical activity
- hope

I was hoping a cement company would step up to be the hero and just give us the darn cement.

But it occurred to me that this would have eliminated you, a grassroots hero.

It would have eliminated the chance for people to wrestle with their own reason to give, and eliminate the opportunity to share why. It may have eliminated important conversations re Indigenous issues among family and peers.

I leave you with a quote from Scott Harrison, founder of charitywater.org:
"Do not be afraid of work that has no end.”

Will update in a week. Keep the conversation moving.

In gratitude,
Katie
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