“Joseph” is a boy who moved to Canada with his family when he was 11 years old. Joseph is the youngest of his family from the Philippines where there was a lack of work and through sponsorship they were able to move to Winnipeg. His favorite sport is badminton, and he was a strong up and comer in the Philippines League but with the lack of funds and change of scenery his family didn’t know where to look or if they could even afford whatever lessons were available in Winnipeg. After searching everywhere, the nearest club was too expensive and there were not any other options available to the family. The family could not afford to drive Joseph to play his sport. He would have to walk or take the bus. Being the youngest of 3 brothers, Joseph’s brothers received the extra change to do extra-curricular activities. Joseph’s situation seemed hopeless.
Determined to not give up, Joseph decided to go door to door selling home-made bracelets out of yarn and plastic pieces so that he could pay for his own badminton. On any given day Joseph’s neighbors could have seen his bracelets as worthless, because in fact they cost next to nothing to make. However, recognizing the need and the desire of this child to put in the effort to take matters into his own hands, Joseph’s neighbors realized how priceless these bracelets really were. Joseph was charging $1/bracelet, but he went home on the first day with $200.00 from selling only 20 bracelets. The love, compassion and generosity of his neighbors had stood out to make a huge impact in the life of Joseph, and it’s this attitude that makes Manitoba such a great place to live.
Joseph is now not only a successful badminton player, but he started a badminton program in his neighborhood to increase the accessibility of the sport and increase the opportunities for kids to take part in the sport. What goes around, comes around.
The Friends of Badminton Manitoba Endowment Fund seeks to improve the lives of Manitoba residents by increasing accessibility of sport, supporting badminton programs & facilities, supporting badminton events and providing resources to our top athletes. We want people like you who have a desire, much like Joseph to play badminton, to realize that badminton is 4 Fun, 2 Win & 4 Life.
Please consider donating to the “Friends of Badminton Manitoba” Endowment Fund, so that we can help athletes like Joseph and you.
*Name(s) have been changed to protect the security of individuals in these stories.