This article was originally published on John Fennell's website.
John's fundraising page can be found here.
I wanted to write a little piece to give more insight about my fundraiser and why it’s so important to me. I’ve had great support so far, but we're not all the way there yet. It makes me so happy to know that I’ve got so many great people in my life who support me and what I do. More importantly, I’ve been nothing but impressed by the kindness of strangers. There is a brilliant atmosphere surrounding this campaign and I am thrilled about it. So here is some more critical information about the campaign and why it’s happening.
I am a student and an amateur athlete with little time for a job. Believe it or not, during the season we train 4-6 hours 6 days each week with time for physio, rehab, and sled work on top of that. We’re typically on the road from October-mid March only coming home for a few weeks here and there. I also attempt to do university in that time. Needless to say, I don’t have much time for a day job. Last season, the funds were present and I was a fully funded athlete, which meant that I had nominal team fees. This season, however, I am at a huge deficit. Based on my results at the Olympics and throughout the previous season, I didn’t reach key markers that would secure funding for this year. In essence, I am responsible for generating 9500 dollars in fees just to slide. Here’s where I could use your help.
I launched this crowdsourcing fundraiser strictly to help me cover the cost of what I love to do. I am running the campaign until the 25th of January. In that time, I will be competing in various European races and training full time. I am currently in Norway for Jr World Champs where I am expected to have a best-ever result.
I'm offering a number of rewards to people willing to contribute. Including, signed photographs, race bibs, and various race memorabilia. More importantly, your contribution would be a symbol of support, which means my success is shared with you. How moving would it be to be able to say that you’ve been supporting an amateur athlete all the way? Because this campaign is based on numbers, any amount can help. Also, if people aren’t able to contribute sending the campaign information to others is helpful, too.
am in my 9th year of luge. It’s my passion. It’s my love. It’s my escape. This is the first season that I will be personal liable for the finances of it. Sliding has given me so much and it’s so connected to my identity, I couldn’t see myself walking away from it any time soon. I’ve been told ever since I was young to find something you love and to pursue it. I’m so fortunate that that happened for me at a young age. I found an outlet to channel my energy in a positive way. People can go their whole lives without finding that. I am willing to put in what it takes to see just how far sliding can take me.
As the old saying goes, “I’ve always depended on the kindness of strangers”. That couldn’t be truer in my case. I am happy to have faith in my community that we can reach this goal together. It’s so powerful to know that total strangers can see a value in what I am doing and are willing to invest their hard-earned cash in my dreams.