AFTER undergoing open heart surgery in May 2015, popular R’s fan, good friend of QPR in the Community Trust, home and away season ticket holder and international para-badminton player, Gobi Ranganathan, has been given the green light to return to competitive action.
Fantastic news, indeed. However, unfortunately, after being absent from the international scene for so long due to his recovery, he has to prove himself all over again. The small, non-guaranteed funding streams he used to rely on have evaporated.
Team England man Gobi has therefore created a fundraising page – and would really appreciate it if fellow R's fans could please show their support, however big or small.
Why does Gobi need the funding? Well, there are all the training and tournament costs, with pretty much no support apart from some kit sponsorship from Victor International.
In order to compete at tournaments across the globe, Gobi has to pay for travel, hotels and entry fees for all the competitions and training camps. In some cases, he also has to help cover the cost of someone accompanying him.
Since February, Gobi has been funding his comeback and paying for all the training and tournaments.
However, to keep performing well – and regain his status as one of the world’s top para-badminton players, with an aspiration to get to the Paralympics in 2020 – he needs to keep competing regularly at international events.
With year being a European Championship one, he is hoping to make a mark in his comeback period.
But funding is vital and, if you can help, Gobi would be eternally grateful.
He said: “Any donations, from one penny to thousands of pounds, would be put to good use.
“By getting in as much as possible from donations, all of which can be stretched even further with Gift Aid, I won’t necessarily be on ‘easy street’. But I could actually worry a lot less about how often I can train, and whether or not I can make the upcoming tournaments - not just in 2016, but 2017, too.
“I really hope my fellow R’s can help me achieve my target. If they want to find out more in person they can find me in X Block, Ellerslie Road, or at away matches.
“I will appreciate anything that comes my way, so thanks in advance.”
For more information, and to support Gobi, click HERE