The Meraloma Rugby Endowment Fund was established in October 2022, in partnership with the Canadian Rugby Foundation, and is intended to further the club’s goals into the future.
The Meraloma Rugby Club was founded in 1923 and is located in the heart of Kitsilano in Vancouver BC. The Meraloma Rugby Club has teams for all ages and abilities, including three Senior Men’s teams, one Women’s team, a large Junior and Mini program offering rugby to a wide range of youth, and the Legends, who are the Lomas’ very own “old boy” team.
The Meraloma Club is celebrating its 100th anniversary later in 2023 and we thought this was an excellent time to start an endowment fund. Sadly, we lost two significant alumni in the past two years, Gary Rowles and Robin (Gonzo) Russell. Gary very generously had made a bequest in his will to Meraloma Rugby, and many of Gonzo’s friends, family and teammates donated to Loma Rugby in his honour. We thought these funds should be invested for the future of Meraloma Rugby, and hence the endowment fund was started.
The Fund will support Meraloma Rugby in perpetuity and will be an opportunity for alumni, players, and supporters to recognize their appreciation for the club through donations whether they be monthly, one-time, major gifts, or bequests through a will. A number of alumni have already made bequests through their will that we’re aware of. The Canadian Rugby Foundation matches 25% of donations up to $80,000. As such, we have an initial goal of $80,000 which would then result in a $100,000 Fund.
The Designated Fund Representatives are Sean Fahy (email@example.com) and Jebb Sinclair (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please contact Sean or Jebb for more information on how to donate to the Meraloma Rugby Endowment Fund, or go here to make a donation: https://canadianrugbyfoundation.ca/index.php/support-a-fund/club-funds/meraloma-rugby-endowment-fund/