After four months of endless fundraising events and work bees, the Dawson Creek Volleyball Club's U15 team has met and exceeded its fundraising goal for its proposed trip to Hawaii in January. The goal was to raise $25,000 by January, but head coach Terri Spencer said the girls exceeded the goal by quite a bit, without giving the exact total.
"The girls worked their butts off and we're super proud of them. Being that they worked all summer, I was a bit concerned about how they would feel about their summer, but my daughter Arielle said it was the best summer of her life," Spencer said. "She got to spend a lot of time with her friends and teammates, hanging out, going to lunches, having sleepovers, and working together."
The team started out in May with the "travelling toilet" fundraiser, and a jerky sale in June. Since then, the girls held a garage sale which 60 families donated items to —"the biggest garage sale I've ever seen in my life," Spencer said — cleanup during the Dawson Creek Exhibition, as well as many jobs for community members such as painting and deck staining that were auctioned of.
"People in the community were constantly reaching out and giving us lots to do and it really paid off. It was definitely exhausting, but it's done now," Spencer said, adding that there were a couple jobs that still needed to be done that were auctioned off.
The money is going toward a trip to Honolulu for the 2022 TransPacific Volleyball Championships in January. However, the recent announcements by the provincial government requiring Covid vaccines to board planes, as well as other restrictions, may cause the team to delay or alter their plans.
"We will have contingencies in place depending on the vaccine. We may have to postpone the trip in January, and decide if we wait a year, or we go to a different tournament or change our plans altogether. Either way, the funding will carry forward and will end up paying for the trip of a lifetime," Spencer said.
She said the whole coaching staff and all the players are moving forward next year as a group, so the money will be used on the group involved in the fundraising regardless of when.
"We are trying to respect everyone's feelings about the vaccine. No player gets left behind, and we'll see how things play out this fall. The goal is still to go in January, but if not we'll carry forward from there."
Spencer said the summer has had an undeniable impact on the team besides the financial one.
"I've coached for 13 years, and this is definitely the closest team I've coached. They all get along really well, they hang out all the time, and have a blast together. They bonded all summer and it will pay off on the court for sure."
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