The Oliver Gobat Sports Fund

(TOGS Fund)
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The Oliver Gobat Sports Fund

The Oliver Gobat Sports Fund (TOGS fund) has been set up by the Gobat family in Ollie’s memory,  to offer financial support to Saint Lucian nationals under 21 years of age, who wish to pursue their sporting endeavours, whatever they might be. This might include sporting equipment, travel to events, coaching.

We would like to cover support which is not available through a sporting association or from government.

Criteria

The applicant must be a Saint Lucian national, preferably under 21 of age, but requests will be considered on an individual basis

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Email: togsfund@aol.com      /      Snail Mail: P.O. Box 2188, Gros Islet, St Lucia     /      Drop off at Cap Maison
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We are delighted to have assisted many young athletes and their associations during the year. It seems we have plumbed a need and although we do not manage to meet all requests, over time we would hope to grow and achieve a greater network. 

FUND RAISING

We held 2 golf events in the UK, and 1 golf event in St Lucia ,which together raised EC$76,000, and a further $7,724 from private individuals. We are very grateful to those who helped organise the events, both in the UK and here, and for the sponsors. Hopefully we have thanked them personally elsewhere! We are also grateful to Chris Gardiner (of eMagine Solutions Inc.) for his ongoing help with the website, and to Jo Boxall for her graphic work.

As from this week we are a fully registered Not for Profit company (charity) and therefore, finally have been able to open a bank account. This means we can now ask for ongoing sponsorship from our international network of friends, rather than rely only upon specific events as our sole form of funding. 

APPLICANTS

We had no idea what type of requests would come to TOGS, so have been pleasantly surprised by the variety. Mostly young athletes need assistance to attend off-island sporting competitions where they can extend their development. Both the individuals and St Lucia should be proud of their achievements.

Below is a list of the successful applicants:

ATHLETICS
Morne Athletic Association, trainers for the whole team and travel to competition overseas.
Individual athlete Daniel Eugene for his ongoing training at 800 and1500 metres.
Nightriders, 100 and 200 metres, for attendance at the Hampton Games.
Gros Islet Athletics club for clothes and equipment. 

BASKETBALL
Micoud Huztlers, for branding and court repairs 

BOXINGSLU
Boxing Association, for gym improvements. his club has over 80 young members from 12 different schools 

CRICKET
Sponsorship of 4 promising cricketers to attend an event in New York
Assistance for Ferdil Joseph to participate in a Women's cricket tour in the UK 

GOLF
Assistance for 4 promising young golfers to attend a competition in Trinidad. 

YOUTH SAILING
A coach for 6 months. 

SQUASH
We have a commitment ahead for the SLU Squash Association. 

SWIMMING
Seajays swim club for a coach.
Lightning swim club for travel to an overseas event
Individual swimmers Mikaili Charlemagne and Allandre Cross to travel to an overseas competition. 

SUMMER CAMP
Sports academy hosts a Sports Performance Camp annually in Gros Islet in the summer (60 children from a variety of socio-economic backgounds). Our contribution paid for one week of the camp. 

TENNIS
Meggan Williams and Adriel Bousquet to travel to overseas tournaments.
National Tennis Centre for a contribution to a coach for their Youth Programme. 

TRIATHLON
Sponsorship of participation in the TRISLU for a group of country youths organised by Lucian Aid. 

VOLLEYBALL
Participation in the 2016 Youth ECVA Men and Women's Volleyball Championship in Antigua. 

COSTS
As no one is employed by TOGS, all funds go directly to applicants, other than expenses for the events, trophies and advertising.

After legal expenses in setting up TOGS Fund Inc, we do not anticipate any more expenses, so all funds raised go out to applicants. It is also our principle to meet needs as they arise, we do not make decisions with committees, and if applicants are disappointed because someone else has go funding ahead of them, we can always direct funding their way next time.

Whilst we have not met all the needs, and have about $20,000 in current requests, we do hope that we are soon able to meet more needs.

A Golf event will be held at Cap Estate Golf Club on the 29th of January 2017.

about oliver gobat

the man behind the fund

a business professional

avid sportsman

a friend to many

an adventurer & Explorer

a son & brother

Ollie Gobat was tragically murdered in Saint Lucia on 25th April 2014, at the age of 38. He was born in Saint Lucia, and loved the country of his birth. He was training to represent Saint Lucia at squash in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow when he died.

Sport was Ollie’s great passion: whichever sport he chose to play he gave it his all and excelled. Every day, wherever he was in the world, he felt it imperative to exercise and as a result he kept extremely fit. At the age of 13, Ollie was diagnosed with bone cancer, and spent a year in treatment, in and out of hospital 17 times, and he conquered the disease. The week he was diagnosed, he played in 2 school cricket matches, an athletics competition, a swimming meet, and had a trial for Surrey Cricket – all with a painful swelling in his chest. That shows his dedication to sport. He began playing golf during that year, the only sport he could really manage, and shared a round with Nick Faldo, the 1990 British Open winner.

Ollie would want to encourage other young people to have the opportunity to pursue and achieve their sporting goals. As a family, we want to remember him in this way, and to make it as easy as possible to meet these needs, by setting up a charity to be called: The Oliver Gobat Sports Fund (TOGS fund). Fund raising events will be held in Saint Lucia and elsewhere – our first golf event in May in the UK was very successful.

Criteria for sponsorship will be that the young person should be a Saint Lucian national, and ideally under the age of 21, although all requests will be carefully considered, whether for travel to events, sporting equipment, or coaching. We would not want to duplicate what is already being funded by sports associations or by government.

For those who would like to support this charity, we will be offering an annual membership/sponsorship of US$20, and of course would keep you updated through our website.

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