My son has been selected as part of the South African Trampoline Gymnastics team to compete at the World Championship in Japan at the beginning of December. Due to the fact that he received no financial assistance from the South African Gymnastics Federation, we had to foot the bill ourselves. We did have family and friends who contributed towards the R45 000 (excluding clothing and visa), but unfortunately that means neither myself nor my wife will be able to join him. We are both teachers and don't exactly do our jobs for the financial benefit. I know there are so many causes on this site that most certainly serves to benefit much more desperate causes, but as a parent I felt it’s definitely worth the effort to try and raise the funds to join my son.In my view he is still so young for this, and at first, I thought he will be fine.But as time passed, I just felt the ever-growing need to be there for him during such a wonderful opportunity. It’s really a once in a lifetime opportunity and missing out on sharing this experience with him leaves my spirit with an extreme heaviness.If it’s within your power to contribute, I can only hope you are able to relate on some level and help this dream to become a reality!