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16-year-old Eden Skye Kleinsmidt has the chance of a lifetime to represent South Africa in London, and after all the loss she has faced, her family are committed to making her dreams come true.


Brakenfell, South Africa (08 March 2024) – Eden Skye Kleinsmidt has her sights set on competing internationally, using her shooting talents to fly the flag in the United Kingdom. Friends and family are rallying to support her dream and have set a fundraising target to make it happen.

Eden was 12 years old when her father passed away. Family friend Lee-Ann shared that Eden channelled her grief into sports and found a passion for Air Rifle Shooting. The predominantly male-dominated school club welcomed Eden to join and before long, it was clear to see she had a real talent.

Before long, Eden had worked her way towards getting her Western Province Colours. This achievement was huge for the family, and one of her father would’ve been very proud of it. Eden has now set her sights on earning her South African colours in October 2024.

Sadly, her mom, Desiree, suffered a stroke in June 2023, which left her needing to learn to walk, talk and write again. The massive knock meant Desiree lost her job and they have struggled since. Desiree has worked hard to get back to her old self but has made sure that Eden has been able to keep chasing her dreams despite the financial stresses and the possibility of losing their home.

With Eden needing to go to London to compete on behalf of South Africa later this year, and things being financially strained at home, Lee-Ann spoke with both Eden and Desiree to set up a GoFundMe to raise the £2,270 needed for Eden to be able to get to London and compete in the BJI tournament.

“This is where you come in…. We are not crowdfunding to save a house, we are crowdfunding to help a young lady with her dream. A competition is coming up with a chance for Eden to participate at an international level. London’s calling! A tall order for a single widowed mother, recovering from a stroke, who is about to lose her home.

We need to raise a whopping R55 400.00 (£2,265.58) by October 2024.

The money will be used for competition entry fees, uniform & kit, equipment and servicing of the rifle, Airplane tickets, accommodation in the UK, Food, spending money.”

Eden’s dream is to represent South Africa and her family will do everything they can to help her. If you are able to support this young lady’s dream, you can contribute via GoFundMe here.

Sources: GoFundMe
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