Why am we fundraising?
This is an effort to raise funds for the first ever Indian Nation Women’s Ice hockey team which will be participating in the 2016 IIHF ICE HOCKEY WOMENS CHALLENEGE CUP OF ASIA in Taipei starting March 26th.
Ladakh, situated in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, in the high Tibetan plateau is the only place where Ice hockey is a major Sport. So it comes as no surprise that all the national players belong to this region of the north. Though the Indian men’s team has been participating in International events for many years now, this is the first ever women’s team assembled to represent India at an International event. For many decades Ice hockey was predominantly a Men’s sport. SECMOL alternative school took the initiative to promote Women’s ice hockey back in 2002 and for the last 15 years has been actively supporting the cause. In fact, 11 of the 28 players selected for the National team are either present students or Alumni of SECMOL.
The Indian Ice Hockey Association-IIHA, the national governing body for Ice Hockey in India says that their funds are insufficient and hence has told each player to raise Rs15000 ($250) or more for them to travel with the team. Many of these players come from remote villages of Ladakh and have hard time convincing their parents to let them travel abroad. With them being asked to raise Rs. 15000 which is more than a family’s monthly income, the situation becomes even tougher.
This is the Indian national team comprising entirely of Ladakhi Women, who prepare their own Ice rinks on frozen lakes during winters. They train and play at an altitude of above 11000ft (3500m) where temperatures go below -20C. Their efforts need to be appreciated and recognised. So, I request all those reading this to help support the Team reach Taipae and represent India.
What do we plan to do with the funds?
This Crowd funding has been initiated by SECMOL alternative school. We have been involved with Ice Hockey, specifically women’s Ice hockey for more than a decade now. Though the immediate need is to provide the 28 players with Rs 15000 (USD 250) each, we are looking to raise more funds & support the larger cause of betterment of women’s ice hockey in India. So, any additional funds will be used to further the initiative of women’s ice hockey in collaboration with Ladakh Women’s Ice Hockey Foundation, which is a registered NGO comprising mostly of the Players themselves.
- We have set a humble Rs 500000 or USD 8000 as our minimum target to support the national team immediately.
- But our hope is that we can reach Rs1000000 or $16000, which will be used to set up training camp for kids, buy expensive ice hockey gear and to bring professional coaches to help train better.
- The long term solution would be to build a nice all-season rink at SECMOL Campus. This would require additional funds of Rs 1000000. So if the donors surprise us with their generosity, even this project can be taken up and completed by next winter.