The Claudia Cup Foundation
Providing financial aid to children with disabilities, and their families, throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.
When Trevor Melendy, Claudia's Dad, received a ping-pong table for his birthday in 2014, 51 Roche Street became the neighbourhood frat house. The adults regularly competed at the ping-pong table which to Joanne's displeasure, was set up in the living room for months. While bragging rights were up for grabs, no official Champion was named, and ultimately, the ping-pong table moved to the basement where it began to collect dust.
When Trevor heard that Easter Seals NL was starting a Capital Campaign to raise money for a fully accessible park, the idea for The 1st Annual Claudia Cup was born. The ping-pong table made its way back upstairs for one big party and an even bigger championship. A male and female champion were crowned, and funds were raised for a very important cause.
But, Trevor wasn't finished with his big ideas.
He decided to establish The Claudia Cup Foundation to provide financial aid to children with disabilities (and their families) in Newfoundland and Labrador either directly or through other charitable organizations. Through fundraising, the financial aid will help alleviate some of the expenses that are associated with having a disability such as caregiver costs, medical costs, and various equipment, treatments, and therapies.
The main fundraiser for The Claudia Cup Foundation is the annual Claudia Cup. The Claudia Cup is an annual Ping-Pong tournament hosted at the Melendy's house that raised over $25,000 in its first year, over $33,000 in its second year, and over $49,000 in its third year. The 4th Annual Claudia Cup will be hosted on June 15th, 2019. If you'd like to get involved with any of our fundraising initiatives, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.