Clare’s Etabez Donato is off on a trip of a lifetime few can ever dream of.
After impressing for the South Australian state hockey side at the 2017 Australian Country Championships in Townsville last month, Donato was selected as part of the Australian Country Under 21 Women’s team.
Donato is just one of three representatives in the Under 21 Women’s team to hail from South Australia and will pull on the green and gold jersey at an international hockey event in Fiji early in December.
However, despite being selected to represent her country, the trip over will be entirely self-funded.
Donato is currently raising the funds needed to get her over to Fiji, having already spent her savings on a previous hockey trip.
“Just the uniform itself is about $500 and the whole trip is over $3000,” she said.
“The previous trip I went on was self-funded and it cost $3000, I used up all my savings for that so for this one I have to fundraise.”
Her junior hockey club, Clare, has already chipped in with a helping hand by handing over a cheque worth $500 which will be put towards making her dreams a reality.
Donato said she was very grateful to recieve that support from the team that gave her the opportunity to start her hockey career.
“The Clare Hockey Club have been great and they have donated money which I am very grateful for,” she said.
With the $500 received from Clare Hockey Club and selling 10 boxes of fundraising chocolates, Donato’s uniform has been taken care of.
Now her attention has been turned to raising the funds needed to pay for her flights to get her over to the tournament.
I am selling raffle tickets and that will raise about $1000 if I sold all of them, but if I do not sell any I won’t raise that muchEtabez Donato
“I am selling raffle tickets and that will raise about $1000 if I sold all of them, but if I do not sell any I won’t raise that much,” she said.
“I still have a fair way to go.”
Donato said she was not feeling 100 per cent confident she would be able to raise all of the needed funds, and would need to borrow money from her dad to get her over there.
The local community has really got behind Donato in her pursuit to take part in the tournament by various organisations supporting her with raffle prizes.
Sportspower, Mathie’s Meat Shoppe, Pauletts Wines and the Watervale General Store have all provided prizes as part of the raffle.
Donato is currently completing her Year 12 studies at Clare High School.