With all over-the-board chess games/tournaments/interactions halted due to the COVID-19 lockdown, chess friends came together (virtually) to find a way to support our chess coaches who are left without coaching/officiating income until such time as normal chess activities can resume.
In order to connect our warm hearted South African chess community with chess coaches in need, we launched a crowd-funding campaign called Coach Support.
All donations received through this campaign will be administered by Ekurhuleni Chess and recipients will be vetted with the help of known and trusted individuals within the South African chess community and CHESS SA affiliated regional organisations.
Chess coaches where asked to register on a recipient list if they need financial assistance, Sadly, we received 29 submissions within the first day. The need in our chess community is real and substantial.
If you know of a chess coach in your area that might be in need, please forward the following link to them:
All information received will be treated with the utmost confidentiality and will only be shared with relevant parties for the purpose of validation.
How can you help?
- Spread the word by downloading the Coach Support logo and using it as your profile picture on WhatsApp or other social media.
- Organise an online tournament among your friends, your club or school and ask players to donate to the fund as a registration fee.
- Donate directly to the fund. Any donation will be most welcome and will make a big difference to those in need.
- Account name: Ekurhuleni Chess
- Bank: ABSA
- Account number: 4050675403
- Branch Code: 632005
- Reference: CoachSupport
- Keep your head up. Keep on practicing. Keep on playing. This thing will pass and one day we will be back in a crowded hall among our friends, nervously waiting for the first game to start. We will get there, and we will get there together.
Keep an eye out for our upcoming Coach Support tournament. With all the support flooding in from across the country it promises to be a big one.
We anticipate that many of our amazing chess coaches will benefit from this initiative. We will provide feedback on the amounts raised and distributed. Our heartfelt thanks for your generous support.