Developing Australian Communities is proud to support the $2 million fund raiser for Aussie Paralympians
Australian paralympian cyclist Paige Greco had a dream of wearing gold at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020 and she also hoped the sale of virtual tickets to the Games would help raise $500,000 for our Paralympians.
Well, as Paige told Developing Australian Communities co-founder Mike Clark, she not only realised her golden dream but the sale of those virtual tickets raised a massive $2,369,275!
Paige is still on a high after returning victorious from Tokyo, but was so thrilled with the fact Developing Australian Communities helped raise the final tally by buying around 20 tickets, she took time out of her schedule to give us a call to say thanks.
Paige, who has cerebral palsy, came first in the Women's C1-3 3000m individual cycling and also took home the bronze in Women's C1-3 time trial.
The Australian contingent returned home from Tokyo with a 80-medal haul - 21 gold, 29 silver and 30 bronze.
Paige called Mike personally to tell him the original target was about $500,000 but at $25 a virtual seat and with 94,771 tickets sold, in support of this year’s Australian Paralympic team and tomorrow’s Paralympians,that target was blown out of the water.
The 24-year-old South Australian said she was very grateful for Developing Australian Communities’ support of our Paralympians. Our contribution will help elite disabled athletes continue to chase their dreams.
Paralympics Australia CEO Lynne Anderson said funds raised through campaigns such as this help our Para-athletes compete on the international stage, and provide the 20 percent of Australians living with a disability the opportunity to shine through sport.
“Our Green and Gold Virtual Seat campaign is so much more than just a seat at the Games,” she said before the Games.
“It will not only enable us to nurture our current Paralympic talent, but also help launch the dreams of future Paralympic superstars.
“Our goal is to advance the Paralympic movement and Para-sports within Australia, whilst working to create a more inclusive society.
“This means our efforts are not solely focused on the elite. From a grassroots level, we collaborate with governments, sporting bodies and the community to recognise and develop future Paralympians.”
Mike said he was blown away by the call.
“It was so out of the blue, it was the highlight of my day,” he said.
“After watching these amazing paralympians for two weeks and then to have one of the Gold medalists call our company was a fantastic surprise. It is a testament to their humbleness and gratitude, I’m such a fan of the Paralympic movement.”
“Thanks for calling Paige! So glad you realised your dream and the ticket sales exceeded expectations.”