The charity Foundation Solibad, Badminton without Borders, launched a new campaign in early 2018 to raise funds.

“1% for Solibad” calls for anyone in the badminton community, from top stars to leisure players around the world, to make a symbolic donation for Solibad’s program.

Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Vittinghus is one of the leaders of the campaign as he feels top stars should set an example : he vowed to give 1% of his yearly prize money to Solibad.

“We have started this campaign because I believe in giving back. The badminton community has given me so much over the years and with prize money taking another rise, now is the perfect time to start giving back, not only with my performances

A lot of top stars have helped Solibad in the past, giving shirts and rackets for auction or simply making donations as a regular basis, such as Tai Tzu Ying, always a great supporter of the cause – the World #1 wore the Solibad logo on her shirt on many occasions as did the current Olympic champion Carolina Marin or, in the past, legends like Peter Gade or Lee Yong Dae.

This campaigns allows everyone involved in the badminton community to make a difference, together, in a smilar effort.

Not only top stars can participate – we hope that anyone involved with badminton can join this campaign. For most of us, 1% of our income is not much – we can live with going to the restaurant a little less, or buy less clothes that we don’t really need. But this 1% really makes a huge difference to those children we try to help” says Solibad founder Raphael Sachetat, a photographer and journalist, who has also joined the campaign and will donate 1% of his yearly income for the charity.

Leisure players, badminton fanatics, sponsors, coaches, umpires, fans of players are welcome to join this cause and make a symbolic gesture towards the ones who are less fortunate than them.

In 2018, players such as Greysia Polii from Indonesia, Chang Yena from Korea, world number 1 Huang Yaqiong from China, Olympic Champion Carolina Marin as well as Kirsty Gilmour, Luka Wraber, Sabrina Jaquet or Gronya Somerville have joined the program, with close to 4000 US$ raised for the first year of the campaign.

Early 2019, two top Korean stars joined the campaign : Sung Ji Hyun and Son Wan Ho, right after the latter won the 2019 Malaysia Masters. « We feel it’s right for us to make donations and help a bit in doing something positive » said Sung Ji Hyun. China’s Li Yinhui is also a new comer to help the campain.

Top badminton stars are not the only ones joining the program – for example Ambassadors in the Umpire world have joined such as Susan Taylor from Australia, or long time line judge of the All England Derek Seed have also joined the campaign – the latter donated 1% of his yearly retirement pension.

Players, umpires, coaches, fans can fill this short online form to join the program