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Laptop for Sarah

Laptop for Sarah

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Sarah Downs is completing her Ph.D. in infectious diseases. She is a passionate scientist and researcher working in a field that is obviously critical in our times. Once her doctorate is completed, she plans to pursue further research.

Sarah currently has to make do with an old, underpowered laptop for all of her work and data-processing. Her previous laptop was stolen. It would be of great benefit for her to have an up-to-date laptop that is reliable, and able to handle the fairly demanding tasks and data handling that she has to do. Sarah has been living on a limited stipend for some time now.

A reconditioned Core-i5 with an SSD would cost around R 8,000, whereas a new laptop would be in the region of R 16,000. The whole sum raised would go towards purchasing the best computer that she can get.

In addition to her research, Sarah has been working in the Covid lab at Baragwanath Hospital and has had to let her Ph.D. take second place at times, in the midst of the pandemic.

On top of these highly demanding responsibilities, Sarah has made time to put a lot of effort into communicating important information for ordinary people in relation to anything concerning the Covid, from testing, to the different variants to vaccines. She has worked very hard to dispel much of the disinformation circulating on social media. Her approach has been patient and kind, as she has sought to encourage people with a correct understanding of the scientific issues surrounding the pandemic. Sarah's efforts have received a lot of recognition, and she was profiled recently in a BBC podcast on disinformation in South Africa.

Sarah always has time for others, to help and encourage. A typical comment on her Facebook page is, "If you have concerns, ask...".

You can find her online at:
https://www.facebook.com/molecularSarah
https://twitter.com/TheSecretSarah

Donations

  • May 26, 2021 - R 350.00
  • "Indefatigable" - Anon.

  • May 26, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Hope you continue to do even greater things" - Jaspreet

  • May 25, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Love you frent! " - Banana

  • May 25, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Keep doing your amazing work! " - Sophie

  • May 25, 2021 - R 120.00
  • "A great investment" - Anon

  • May 25, 2021 - USD $ 75.00
  • "We think you’re amazing. Keep up the great work you’re doing." - Bobo, Shellie & Kimmi

  • May 25, 2021 - R 5 000.00
  • "Thank you for your dedication to clear information. " - PolskiMexican

  • May 24, 2021 - USD $ 35.81
  • "If anyone deserves this, it is Sarah " - Chris Swart

  • May 24, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Good luck to you Sarah - so much to admire." - Jenny

  • May 24, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Always bringing us a great inside view and insight of what's happening with COVID19. She deserves all the help she can get." - Ruth

  • May 24, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Keep up the good work Sarah" - Mandi Baldry

  • May 24, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Thank for spreading insightful information " - Anonymous

  • May 24, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Sarah! You're a rockstar! Keep running the good race! " - Judith

  • May 24, 2021 - USD $ 14.32
  • "So proud of you and what you do. " - Proud Big Sista

  • May 24, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Thanks for rebutting disinformation. Best of luck with your PhD." - Pam

  • May 24, 2021 - USD $ 14.32
  • "Good luck with the PhD." - Jean

  • May 24, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "Because science means nothing without empathy and good communication skills. You have oodles of all" - Sohini (XEIOH)

  • May 24, 2021 - USD $ 150.00
  • "Keep up the good work" - Anonymous

  • May 24, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you for all you do Sarah and for being a cat lover and a friend." - Win

  • May 24, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Thank you for keeping us informed, and debunking the dis- and mis- information. " - Jacqui-Anne

  • May 24, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you for your excellent work silencing the anti-vaccine movement!" - Devan

  • May 21, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "This is well deserved." - Anonymous

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R 16 000.00
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Sarah currently has to make do with an old, underpowered laptop for all of her work and data-processing. Her previous laptop was stolen. It would be of great benefit for her to have an up-to-date laptop that is reliable, and able to handle the fairly demanding tasks and data handling that she has to do. Sarah has been living on a limited stipend for some time now.