You may know that I have been fencing competitively for four years. I love the sport and I want to see it grow. I have been working on creating a fencing club at my school.
It took a year and a half of work to get the project approved and get the club officially established in the school. The biggest challenge was creating a way to fund the club that did not involve students having to pay for all the costs, thereby ensuring that a student’s economic situation would not prevent them from participating. To provide an enduring means of support for the club I created a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, En Garde! Souderton, dedicated to supporting the club now and in the future.
Finally, I can say everything is in place. The club is official and the non-profit is up and running. The recent events have made starting up this club much more difficult, but I believe that we can still make it. En Garde! Souderton has a goal of raising $10,000 to cover all of the expenses of the club, including the cost of the meeting space, fencing academy instructors, and equipment for the first two years of its operation. We will continue to raise funds on a regular basis but my first goal is to get the first two years funding in place.
Now it's time for me to reach out to you for your support. You may also know that I will be turning 16 soon. My birthday wish is to raise all of the needed funds for the first two years by my birthday, June 10th. This was already a challenging task before the pandemic, and is more daunting now. I know that in the current situation many people are not able to give monetary support, but if you are able, please consider making a donation to En Garde and helping me reach my goal to spread the joy of fencing to all.
You can donate to our GoFundMe Charity here. You will get a receipt from their system, and as long as we know who you are, we will also send you a thank you. For other ways to donate and more information see our web page: https://sites.google.com/view/engardesouderton/home
Thank you all so much!!!!