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#Fees4hope: Comrades 2019 for the Angel network bursary fund

#Fees4hope: Comrades 2019 for the Angel network bursary fund

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My name is Dianne and I am a long distance runner. I started running in high school and running has always been my passion. Fast forward to today, I have found that running has helped me through some really difficult times.

In 2017, my mother suffered from a stroke and I felt like the life I had crashed right before my eyes. Months later she has regained mobility and is trying to pick up the pieces. However during that time I found that running became therapeutic. What happens is that you have to surrender all your thoughts during a long run and really focus and by the time it’s over you find yourself relaxed and with all the endorphins pumping you feel amazing during your run. So running almost became a coping mechanism to help through any difficult circumstance I faced.

During the ordeal that our family faced after the stroke I had to figure out how to obtain funding for my brother. I have been privileged enough to be raised by a woman that worked hard to make sure that I received the best education. I went on to graduate from Wits University and was recently notified that I passed my master’s degree. However my brother was still a second year student in varsity and to make it worse he is also a foreign student so finding funding became very difficult. Through the angel network we managed to get some very generous donors that helped pay for his fees and he is in 3rd year now.

Taking this into account the battle isn’t over he still has one year left and what we found was that many other people in the same situation were contacting me with their stories. This is why I have created this initiative, to take something that has helped me through such trying times(Running) and hopefully help change someone else’s life and give them hope in the process. I hope to raise R200 000 for 4 students in hopes of breaking down this huge financial burden that they are faced with. Here are their stories and links to their crowd funding pages if you want to help donate personally:

  • Prince Chikezie: He was originally born in Nigeria and relocated to South Africa as a child. He obtained a bachelor of sciences (cum laude) at Stellenbosch University and has been invited to study medicine at Wits University in the hopes of one day becoming an academic neurosurgeon. As he is a foreign student the fees as significantly high and the amount he hopes to raise is R200 000 and I hope to help him raise a portion of it. https://www.backabuddy.co.za/help-prince-fund-his-medical-degree

 

  • Randy Seda: He originally had a historical debt of about R180 000, through the angel network foundation his historical debt has since been paid off through generous donations. He is an accounting student with the hopes of one day becoming a chartered accountant. He is part of the golden key society and was 13th in his class academically. He is also an international student therefore getting funding is also difficult. He hopes to raise R89 000.

 

  • Zola Mpofana: He is a 3rd year medical student at Wits University and is also part of the prestigious golden key society. He already has a medical science degree (Cum Laude) from University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Originally from KZN with 7 siblings his parents are unable to help his with his fees as they are teachers. He doesn’t qualify for bursaries as He is considered as a graduate. He has a historical debt of R72 000 to raise and I hope to help his raise a portion of it.

 

  • Noxolo Luthuli: She is a 5th year medical student. From KZN she suffered a personal tragedy making it difficult for her mother to assist her financially. Her fees are covered by the local municipality but still needs funding for her residency fees. She hopes to raise R60 000.

 

You have seen the stories above. I refused to sit down and do nothing therefore I will be running 10 marathons leading up to the ultimate human race (Comrades) to help raise funds for these 4 students for the angel network bursary fund.  #Fees4hope

Donations

  • Jan 26, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "May your love plant seeds into more hearts and may the world have more leaders like you." - Rufadzo Bonyongwa

  • Dec 09, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Great Initiate. Never give up. " - A

  • Dec 01, 2018 - R 257.05
  • "A little help can go a long way. Some of us may not have had the chance to go further but we can be the chance that someone else gets to get to the finish line. All the best Dad and Students. " - Sibongile

  • Nov 27, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Stay strong, Never give up! " - Erusha and Thesigan Raju

  • Nov 27, 2018 - USD $ 14.37
  • "You can do anything you set your mind to :)" - Jeanine

  • Nov 27, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Not having to worry about funding makes it a lot easier for a student to focus on his/her studies. This is indeed a great initiative. " - Sinazo Magaya

  • Aug 18, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "I deeply understand the struggle of obtaining funding. Well done on this amazing initiative Dianne!" - Piwokazi Gwayi

  • Aug 17, 2018 - USD $ 3.57
  • "All the best to each of them <3" - Jordan

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 4 143.48

Fundraising target

R 200 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 2 400.00
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