For the past month the Tigers have been fundraising for Elijah Arranz since he was in a terrible skydiving accident that has left him in a coma. Everyone who knows Elijah recognise if anyone can fight their way back from such a serious fall it is this young, energetic and dedicated man.
Elijah has been a member of our club for many years and we all dearly miss seeing him doing what he loves most which is to run.
Of course we are all forever grateful to the instructor Tony Rokov an “incredible hero” who saved Elijah’s life. Tony’s heroics and quick thinking in the final seconds of the skydive is the reason we are able to support Elijah in his brave recovery from the terrible injuries that he did suffer.
Elijah’s plight has touched many people in Ginninderra’s Community as well at his school and other places that play such a big part of his life including Basketball and Martial Arts.
The generosity and best wishes that the Tigers have received on behalf of the Arranz family has been incredible. In the past 24 days we have managed to raise over $27,420 through the support of 272 people.
Incredibly the GoFundMe page was shared 1500 times on Facebook and 49,439 people engaged with the campaign on Facebook.
During last month’s UC Life Gift each athlete wore Elijah’s registration number in recognition of their team mate, who would have competed in the event. Ginninderra collected donations for Elijah’s family during the Beyond Bank Ginninderra Carnival, celebrating the club’s 40th anniversary.
Mount Rogers Primary School held a fun run for Elijah where students ran laps to help raise funds in early December.
Elijah’s team mates at the Ginninderra Rats Basketball team have arranged a Ballin’ for Eli event on Saturday the 19th of December. It is a 24 hour basketball event at the Belconnen Basketball Stadium. It is intended as a family oriented event with games going for the full 24 hours. Feature events include a dunk contest, a three point shootout and a basketball skills event. This follows the show of support across the last round of Basketball in November where players wore coloured socks in support for Elijah.
A dinner and auction fundraiser is to be held on 6th of February 2016. Some great items have been donated and all the proceeds will go towards helping Elijah in his recovery.
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