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'1000 Rackets for Haiti'

Paris and Copenhagen — 5-times European Champion Peter Gade today announced that he is offering his 2010 European Champion Gold Medal and other equipment to the “1,000 rackets for Haiti” appeal launched last month by Association Solibad and the Monaco-based international initiative Peace and Sport to help Haitian earthquake survivors.

Over the next few days the equipment will be put up for auction on the Internet site eBay.com in 2 lots:

To make the auction accessible to as many fans as possible, bids will start at 30€ and run for 10 days, from Friday 7 May until Monday 17 May.

Funds raised will be used to buy equipment and send it to Haiti, where Peace and Sport is coordinating the Haitian Olympic Committee’s project to implement sports activities for 8 to 20 year-old Haitian youngsters living in survivor camps, designed to help them overcome their trauma and to resume living together in confidence through the practice of sport.

1,000 rackets for Haiti

The “1,000 rackets for Haiti” appeal collects Badminton equipment from around the world to donate to the Haitian Olympic Committee-Peace and Sport program.

As soon as he heard about “1,000 rackets for Haiti” Peter Gade was keen to get involved with the program, which already has tremendous support from Iranian badminton player Kaveh Mehrabi.

Peter said: “After the terrible disaster that struck Haiti on January 12, I really wanted to do something special for the cause and I am glad to be able to help Kaveh Mehrabi on this project.

“That’s why I am offering my European Championship Gold Medal, my shirt and the winning shuttlecock for auction. If this donation can help raise funds to send equipment to young Haitians currently living in tent cities, I will be delighted.”

The successful bidders will receive a personal card from Peter himself along with their prize possessions.

This outstanding gesture of generosity shows the actions of great Champions can really make a difference. The Badminton family has supported this project right from the outset and sets an example for other sports.

To bid, go to solibad.net/en/solibad/34-actualites/85-auction-peter-gades-european-gold-medal-for-haiti-project.

Join the “1,000 rackets for Haiti” program

If you would like to contribute and give hope to Haitian children, even a small donation can make a difference! Please contact:

Solibad

Raphael Sachetat raphael@solibad.net +33 66 06 82 504

Kaveh Mehrabi kavehmehrabi@yahoo.com +45 31 71 71 49

Peace and Sport Sylvain Heraud haiti@peace-sport.org +377 97 97 7800

Regular news about the program can be found at peace-sport.org/haiti and solibad.net

About Peace and Sport

Peace and Sport, L’Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport is a neutral and apolitical international initiative.

Peace and Sport puts sport and its structuring values at the heart of development projects led within communities in crisis around the world. With interventions in areas of post-conflict, extreme poverty or lacking social cohesion, Peace and Sport makes sport a vehicle for tolerance, respect, sharing and citizenship at the service of sustainable peace.

Supported by governments, world sport governing bodies, international organizations, major international companies in the private sector and international sports champions, Peace and Sport creates synergies between various different stakeholders to carry out four types of action:

Today, Peace and Sport has operations in Cote d’Ivoire, Burundi, Israel-Palestine, Timor Leste, Colombia and plans to intervene in Haiti in the near future.

ABOUT SOLIBAD

SOLIBAD - Badminton Without Borders

The primary objective of SOLIBAD is to raise funds within the global community of badminton, using both amateur and professional players, and to donate the money raised to various local projects, some of which are badminton related, which have been chosen carefully for their sustainability.

SOLIBAD’s pledge: 100% of all funds or material collected will be assigned to the projects that have been selected as all of the administrative costs will be fully covered by our partners.

The second pledge: Joyful solidarity. SOLIBAD’s objectives will be carried out with generosity and a happy spirit.

Solibad was founded in France on December 10th 2009

 

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