Shaolin Team Canada returned home in November and naturally, everyone wants to know how we did in the medal standings.
While we are a young team with relatively little experience, we have possibly the world's best traditional Shaolin coach and expert overseeing our team! That would be Master Shi Guo Song - a real and authentic Shaolin Monk who grew up at the Shaolin Temple since the 1970s. We have so much to thank him for because without him the Shaolin Culture would not have been able to grow in Canada as it has in the past decade.
We are proud Canadians and have great hearts and passion. We stayed focused for over a year, working on our taolu forms and preparing ourselves as best we can.
So how did we do in medal standings? We earned many medals including 4 gold medals, 10 silver medals, and 25 bronze medals. We were very proud representing Canada at this grand tournament and it needs to be said again and again that we could not have done it without all our supporters and helpers. So a big thank you all!
We have so many interesting stories to share and lessons learned and we look forward to the next report in 2019. Until then!
We want to share how we managed to successfully raise a lot of money for our team in hopes that others can benefit from our experience. At the very bottom of this article we share the final and most important ingredient in this recipe!
When we decided to incorporate Shaolin Team Canada in January of 2018, we had the idea to do some fundraising for the team. Our initial goals was to raise $40,000 through various means and as time went on we discovered so many Canadians were interested in supporting our team and more importantly, in what we are doing!
We received incredible support from the Canadian government and received a special letter of recognition from Justin Trudeau for our team.
Once we put together a Sponsorship Package and a formal Committee in February, we had immediate financial support from the Ontario College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, iDEALtoronto, and the Globe family who became our first three gold sponsors, totalling $6,000 in financial support! We also got word that we had a clothing sponsor secured.
Shortly after, we received our Shaolin Team Canada gear from our clothing sponsor Eagleview International who donated over $7,000 worth of beautiful team clothing including tracksuit, hoodies, and hats.
By July we had another $8,000 raised through other fundraising means, particularly contributions made by our students of the downtown Toronto school!
Then our Shaolin Team Canada challenge in August at the Chinatown Festival along with our STQI Toronto school becoming the diamond sponsor was instrumental for $29,000 which generated a lot of awareness for the team. This lead to additional corporate sponsorships by Clockwork Productions, the Toronto Centre for Medical Imaging, the Calm on Dundas, and many other businesses in Toronto. This fundraising amount included our very successful fundraising banquet on August 26th where we had over 230 guests in attendance to watch our team perform.
All this effort by our athletes and team members generated enough interest for television appearances on CBC, Global, and CTV!
So What Is the Main Ingredient of Our Success?
Our real secret is having people that care about what we are doing. Being able to communicate our vision and having buy-in is the key. If you are sincere in what you are doing, you'll develop your own community that will support you in your efforts.
Therefore all that we have done is because of the perseverance, strive, focus, and leadership of all our community members. Thank you everyone for your diligence!!
So many great things are happening for our team as we head into mid-August! We've now raised over $25,000 and are excited at the prospects of the coming weekend where we are hosting a $10,000 Shaolin Team Canada Challenge. For those in Toronto this weekend, August 18 and 19th, come by and find our booth at the Chinatown Festival.
Also, tomorrow night, we are featured in the CBC local Toronto news (a major TV station in Canada) at 6pm EST, Friday, August 17th. They came yesterday and interviewed our children and adult athletes, and took some video of how our team in training.
We showed them some of our traditional Shaolin forms featuring some children and family! Also head coach Dao Shi demonstrated internal qigong iron bar, in which he broke two stacked iron bars with his head. All caught in slow motion!
Tune in to watch it live! We'll post another report in a few weeks with an update on all these great events!
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