Canadian Athletes Raise Funds for 2010 Olympics
Canadian athletes are on a mission to raise cash in order to buy equipment for them to better perform at the 2010 Olympic games. They have already raised a total amount of $110 million from government funding programs and through private large donations. However athletes say a $5 extra million is still needed and they are hoping that the people of Canada can provide them with that. Therefore they have launched a program by which individuals can make individual donations of $20.10. According to freestyle skier Ruan Blais, this is a chance for regular Canadians to take part upon the success of Canada's athletes during the 2010 Olympics. A great part of the money raised already has been spent on a video-capture technology which provides the capability for athletes to analyze their skills upon slow-motion technology and tune themselves up.
"Canadian winter athletes are on a roll and the world is taking notice -- but to really shine in 2010 they need the support of the entire nation, so we need every Canadian to do their part," he said. Donations can be made online at www.olympicfoundation.ca, with donors receiving a tax receipt.
The government of Canada has also released some official costs upon the 2010 security. The number released by federal and provincial governments is of $900 million which is actually five times what was at first expected.
But the official cost, announced yesterday afternoon by federal and provincial governments, still falls short of later estimates that had ballooned to upwards of $1-billion.