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Virtual Online Curling Tournament for Covid-19 Relief

Daniel and Johnson, Vancouver

Tell us a little about yourself!

I am a 2nd year student at the University of British Columbia. I had to move home a month early because of the pandemic, and have been continuing to learn online and finding things to do at home. My biggest passion is curling, which is what started this initiative.

Tell us about your #MakeWaves project.
My friend Johnson Tao and I have organized a virtual online curling tournament. We have spent weeks actively promoting our event, with the entry fee being donations going to the Canadian Red Cross COVID-19 Response Fund.

So far, we have raised $1067.69 and counting. We have been fortunate to have our initiative featured on articles by CurlBC, and Curling Canada! We even have several World Champion curlers taking part in our tournament, which is very exciting for us.

Having the support of curlers and organizations with a high reach has helped us share our event with as many Canadians as possible.

What inspired your project and what impact would you like to make?

We are hoping to help frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19 by helping raise money for COVID-19 response. We recognize that we are fortunate to be safe during this uncertain time, but many others are not as fortunate. Not only are we hoping to raise money for COVID-19 response with our initiative, but we also hope we can inspire others to follow our example and take action to “make waves” together.

Johnson and I were inspired by our mutual passion for curling. Having curled for four years, I have never stopped loving the game and would curl at the community curling club frequently before the pandemic. Likewise, Johnson is a competitive curler, who wanted to take action to bring the curling community together after his provincial championships were cancelled. We realized that by organizing a virtual online charity tournament, we could not only unite the curling community after an abruptly-ended season but also make a difference for frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19.

Johnson and I have been working tirelessly for three weeks to make the event as successful as possible. We have reached out to our provincial and national curling organizations, who have helped us spread the word about the event. We also have our event established on social media. You can find us on Facebook, and Instagram.

Your message to the community:
We are so grateful to have the support of Vessi as we do our part to help in the midst of this pandemic. We hope that we can inspire others to think of creative ways to use technology to organize fun events and maintain positivity. We are all in this together, and how we make it through the pandemic is up to our collective effort.

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