Hareb falls short in her drive for funds

BLANTON SMITH
Last updated 05:00 26/11/2012
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Paige Hareb's Sportfunder has fallen more than $10,000 short of its $30,000 goal.

The Dream Tour surfer's campaign ended last week with a final total of $17,025.

Hareb said starting another campaign to raise the remaining $12,075 was out of the question.

It costs the young surfer about $60,000 a year to travel the world competing, with half the amount supplied by sponsors.

"I don't think so, I've pretty much annoyed everyone that I can to donate," she said.

"I'm happy with that, anyway I hope I do well next year and get a main sponsor."

Craig Williamson, who started the Sportfunder, said the fact people were donating rather than pledging money was awesome.

"Most sites only have pledges, so if the total isn't reached they don't have to pay," he said.

"There was only two pledges and that was me, so everyone donated and that money goes straight to Paige."

The $17,025 will be enough to get Hareb through the Australasian leg of the Dream Tour.

"I'll have to use prize money to get to the rest of the events," the Oakura surfer said.

"If you get knocked out first round you get US$4000 (NZ$4850), which is usually enough for flights and accommodation for the next event."

But Hareb will be hoping to secure more than that so she can compete on the second-tier "Star Series" to increase her chances of qualifying for the Dream Tour again at the end of 2013.

"I'll probably do at least six of them so I'll have six results," she said. "I want to qualify on that (Star Series) too so it takes the pressure off at the last few CT (Dream Tour) comps."

A week out from closing it looked doubtful Hareb's campaign would even get $10,000.

But her then $8155 total more than doubled within a couple days of a story appearing in the Taranaki Daily News.

With no manager to hunt out sponsorship deals for her, Hareb has been doing it herself.

"I've been sending emails and a bio to anyone I can think of," the 22-year-old said.

"No I'm not worried so long as it's a good brand that's doing the right thing."

Williamson said Sportfunder, which started in August, was doing well.

"Paige's project proved that it works. I mean $17,000 that's pretty cool."

There were another five campaigns on the site already with some international athletes signed up.

"We even have English Olympic swimmer Stacey Tadd on there."

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- Taranaki Daily News

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