The family of murdered Saint Lucian Hotelier, Oliver Gobat, today launched a fund in his name to promote sports in Saint Lucia.
The fund has been named The Oliver Gobat Sports Fund, (TOGS).
“Ollie would want to encourage other young people to have the opportunity to pursue and achieve their sporting goals, and as a family we want to remember him in this way,” his father, Theo Gobat said at today’s launch.
Events to raise money for the fund will be held in Saint Lucia and overseas, with the first event having been held in May this year, the older Gobat disclosed.
He revealed that another event has been organized for Saint Lucia in March of 2016 and another overseas the following month.
Gobat said the hope was that the events would generate funds, all of which would be used to encourage young sporting talent.
He noted that access would be on line at TOGSfund@Aol.com.
The young person to be sponsored must be Saint Lucian and ideally, under the age of 21.
“All requests will be carefully considered, whether to travel to events, sporting equipment or coaching,” Gobat told today’s launch, adding that the fund would not like to duplicate what is already being done here by sporting associations or the government.
“We will try to fill in the gaps where there is no immediate funding,” he explained.
He said for those who would like to support the charity, an annual membership would be offered of twenty dollars.
Oliver Gobat, 38, who was an avid sports enthusiast, was preparing to represent Saint Lucia in Squash at the Commonwealth Games when he was gunned down in April last year, his body being found in the passenger seat of burnt out Range Rover.
His family says eighteen months later, they are not too close to finding out who killed him.
According to them, the launch of the fund is one way of remembering a good man who gave a lot to Saint Lucia, and whose legacy must live on.