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Old 08-21-2015   #1
Kampala, Virginia
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Urgent support needed for Uganda Freestyle Kayak Team

Hey guys, we've got some fellow boaters in need. I'm a US boater living in Uganda and have a big request for my friends here on the Nile. As you might have seen, the Uganda Freestyle Kayak Team 2015 is trying to make it to the World Championships in Canada. There were major visa frustrations but after a third round of application it finally came through today. However, because of the high cost of visa applications and massive increase in flight costs as they were waiting for visas the team is now under budget. These guys have been training hard and on an emotional roller coaster about Worlds and I really hope you will consider a donation to make sure they can all compete otherwise not all will make it.

Here is the link to donate https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/l...6981938#/story

If you want to read more about the team check out this article by Canoe and Kayak Troubled Waters: Ugandans Denied Visas for World Freestyle Championships in Canada | Canoe & Kayak Magazine

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Old 08-21-2015   #2
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But for real, if 1,000 people donate $5 each, they will have their money. I'll help!

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Old 08-21-2015   #3
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I'm not against supporting them via donation, but there aren't sponsors that can help out here?

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Old 08-21-2015   #4
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Good point. The ICF should help out a little too (maybe they already have?)
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Old 08-21-2015   #5
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they've raised 3/5 of the money in just 4 hours, wont take long at all to get all the money
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Old 08-23-2015   #6
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With the amazing outpouring of support, all the funds were raised and they are now in transit to Canada! We had an amazing send off with them last night before they got on the 14 hour bus ride to Nairobi. Thanks to everyone who donated!

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