“For me travelling was a huge problem. If I wanted to travel to France or anywhere those big decathlon meets are, it costs a lot of money. On top of that, there’s such a problem travelling on planes with those poles (for pole vault), it can cost $1,000 one way, then the pole is also $1,000 itself.”
LePage stars alongside two-time Olympic freestyle champion Alexandre Bilodeau, three-time Olympic short-track speedskating medallist Kim Boutin, and Olympic wrestling champion Carol Huynh in a 5to8 promotional video released Thursday.
The Aspers’ donation inspired a fund-matching program. Every donation will be matched by the Federal Government on a dollar-for-dollar basis.
Paul McIntyre Royston, the CEO of the Canadian Olympic Foundation, called the donation a “game-changing gift for sport philanthropy in Canada.”
“The 5to8 campaign is a way for our family and yours to come together and cheer for Canada,” Ruth Asper said in a release. “(The athletes) have got the fire. Our collective support can help keep it burning.”