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Today we lost a good friend

Closed Cause page created in the Disaster category by Alex Verheul

$44,121 of $10,000 goal

Given by 285 generous donors in 14 days


Today we received the news that our dear friend passed away in the pursuit of all that he loved.

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  Otago Family Support In Memory

Sam died doing what he loved, snowboarding. A beloved father to 4 year old Rui and husband to Yuka and beloved son, uncle and brother and friend.

Sam grew up in Dunedin and always had a passion for the outdoors, after his first trip to Japan in 2007 he fell in love with Niseko. Returning to start a successful snowboarding business. Taking people from around the world on the ultimate adventure.

Sadly Sam was killed in a avalanche and this photo was posted by Sam himself to Facebook shortly before the tragic event happened.

Alex Verheul's involvement (page creator)

I have known Sam my whole life. Our parents are close and we grow up together.

Use of funds

The money will be used to support his family during this difficult time.

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  • Siff (Kasane), Cesar, Hitomi and Horst

    Siff (Kasane), Cesar, Hitomi and Horst on 11 Mar 2017


    So sorry!


  • Wennie

    Wennie on 09 Mar 2017



  • Billy Wesson

    Billy Wesson on 09 Mar 2017


    Rest in peace my friend and ride that endless mountain in the sky.


  • Mike Robertson

    Mike Robertson on 09 Mar 2017


    See you around big man. Yuka and Rui, thoughts are with you.


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 09 Mar 2017


    Deepest sympathy for Sam's family Please stay strong


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This page was created on 25 Feb 2017 and closed on 11 Mar 2017.
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Given by 285 generous donors in 14 days

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