The Balmy Beach Rugby Club is extremely happy to announce that after expenses, we raised nearly $7,000 for Judah Campbell at our Wine and Cheese Fundraiser this past Sunday! It was held at the historic Balmy Beach Club in Toronto on behalf of Judah who suffered a severe spinal cord injury on October 5th, 2013 while playing rugby for the Kelowna Crows Rugby Club in British Columbia. The money raised will be sent directly to Judah for his recovery fund.
The rugby community in Canada is a close-knit group so an injury like the one Judah sustained affects all of us. Balmy Beach Rugby Alumni Brian Spanton, Geoff Reynolds and Kerry Singh willfully took up the charge to organize the fundraising event upon learning of Judah’s accident because it was simply the right thing to do. In just under four weeks of planning and preparation, the fundraiser was held on December 8th, 2013 and was very well attended by close to 75 guests despite it being in the midst of the busy holiday season.
However, the organizers acknowledge that the event would not have been the huge success that it was without the tremendous generosity of Lifford Wines who supplied an ample variety of quality wines, the Balmy Beach Club Executive who sponsored the delicious selection of fine cheeses presented by Fuel Catering, and those who donated items for our silent and live auctions. We wish to graciously thank them, Rugby Canada, Rugby Ontario, Balmy Beach Rugby Alumni and Club Members, and the rugby community as a whole for their overwhelming display of support.
The afternoon was highlighted by a Skype video call with Judah who made a strongly emotional and inspirational impact on everyone there. As he shared his story about his journey to recovery with the guests, we all saluted Judah “As One”, united by rugby and in true Beach spirit!
On behalf of Judah, THANK YOU to all sponsors, donors and supporters!
How you may support Judah’s journey to recovery: