Monty Heald National Women’s Fund

The Monty Heald National Women’s Fund offers all of us an opportunity to donate money that will go directly to the Senior Women’s National XV Team program as it prepares for the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland, and to eliminate the current pay-for-play program that is required to support this team.   In addition, for this fund, your donation will be matched so your contribution will be instantly doubled.

For over a decade, every woman vying for a place on Rugby Canada’s Senior Women’s National squad has been required to contribute funds on an event by event basis under a pay-for-play financial model.  Every National Team player representing Canada makes personal sacrifices such as putting education or careers on hold, taking leave from a job, often without pay.  However, it is only the National Senior Women’s XV and the age group teams that are assessed participation fees.  Depending on the number of activities in any World Cup Cycle, participation fees for the Senior Women’s XV have often totaled over $7,000 for a single player.  While Rugby Canada and its members have identified the elimination of the pay-to-play model for this program as a priority for player preparation and participation in the 2017 World Cup, there remains a two year gap where there will be a financial shortfall.

The Canadian’s silver medal win at the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup provides inspiration to thousands of rugby players across the country aspiring to represent Canada, their province or their club on the rugby pitch.  Motivated by a continuing reliance on a pay-for-play model, a group of donors and organizers are coming together to establish the Monty Heald National Women’s Fund.  The Fund has adopted the ambitious target of eliminating the pay-for-play model in the lead up to the 2017 WRWC.

To do so, the fund aspires to raise in excess of $400,000 before the end of 2016. As of January 15, 2016, the Fund had reached nearly $180,000 and was kicked off with an anonymous donation of $50,000. This donor offers further inspiration having made a commitment to match all future donations up to $175,000! So, your donation will be double the moment you donate.

Please join us in supporting the talented and dedicated young women whose ambitions are only to bring home the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2017.  Your contributions will mean they can focus on their skills and preparation.  Your participation will mean that you will be part of the team that got them there.

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