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Olympian Heather Moyse donated helmet package for an online auction fundraiser

Just before heading off to defend her Olympic bobsleigh gold medal, Heather Moyse donated a competition-worn, personally autographed bobsleigh helmet, along with a signed photo, to Camp Triumph as a fundraiser for camp activities.

Olympic bobsleigh champion Heather Moyse inspired campers at Camp Triumph during a visit to the facility near Cabot Beach in Malpeque. Moyse has donated a helmet from her competitions to help raise funds for Camp Triumph activities.

The items will be sold using the popular ebay online auction site. They were posted on Saturday, and will remain until about noon on Feb. 17, just before Moyse and her teammate, Kaillie Humphries, begin competition in the Olympic games at Sochi, Russia.

Camp Triumph co-founder and director Jordan Sheriko explained that Moyse has been a big supporter of the facility over the past couple of years. Camp Triumph offers a unique experience to children who have a family member with a chronic illness or disability. An illness in her family gave Moyse insight into the stresses that result, and the value of the organization.

“The camp was something she could connect with,” Sheriko explained.

Demonstrating her support, Moyse has made visits to the residential summer camp at Malpeque, to inspire participants. Visiting home on P.E.I. during Christmas, shortly after she learned she would be part of the Canadian Olympic Team, she left the helmet with her parents and suggested the fundraiser, Sheriko outlined.

The short notice before the Olympic games prompted them to decide on ebay as the venue. In addition to providing a worldwide audience, ebay ignores its usual commission and improves the value by returning 100% of proceeds to Camp Triumph as a registered charity.

Though it now has a wider audience, Moyse and Sheriko wanted to ensure the word got out locally, to those with the most interest in the hometown aura of the items and the cause.

Sheriko is not sure how much the helmet and photo might command, as it seems to be a unique item. His quick check only turned up replica helmets from major sports. A wider check revealed several signed helmets, but none that were necessarily one-of-a-kind, nor being sold for a charitable cause.

“The helmet was actually worn by Moyse when she won the International Push Championships in November, 2013,” Sheriko said, though it has experienced much more.

Moyse is an Olympic champion for bobsleigh, winning gold in 2010, but has also earned push-start records on tracks around the world, twelve World Cup medals, and two World Championship medals. She was also twice recognized as Canadian champion.

Out of the snow, she was leading try-scorer in the 2006 and 2010 Rugby World Cup events, has played 22 games in the International 15s rugby games, and two games in the International 7s.

She also competed in the Pan-Am Cycling Championships in 2012, as well as playing soccer at university and excelling at track and field competitions.

Sheriko considers the auction a once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity to own a piece of Canadian history. Whatever contribution the sale makes to the support of Camp Triumph, however, he appreciates Moyse’s generosity and assures that all campers are wishing Moyse and Humphries their best in Sochi.

The mandate of Camp Triumph is to meet the complex needs of children who are living with the impact of chronic illness, by providing a comprehensive program for siblings and children of the chronically ill or disabled.

Its adventure-based, summer residential program welcomes children and youth from across Canada, free-of-charge, and assists them in developing coping strategies, as well as building self-esteem and confidence through friendships with others who understand because of shared circumstances.

Access to the helmet auction is available through www.ebay.ca, under the search term “Canadian women’s bobsleigh helmet”, or via the recent news entry at Camp Triumph’s website www.camptriumph.ca.

Geographic location: Sochi, Russia, P.E.I. Canada

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