Backabuddy has raised the absolutely awe-inspiring amount of R50-million rand through donations from a caring public. We’d like to share some of the stories we featured about some of the recipients who were helped by the crowdfunders.
“We have witnessed the power of humanity and the kindness of strangers. We have been fortunate enough to be a part of amazing stories and to witness seemingly ordinary individuals doing remarkable things, through mobilising the crowd,” says BackaBuddy, CEO, Patrick Schofield.
“As a platform, BackaBuddy allows us to come together as communities to support people and causes that we believe in, regardless of our differences. For every cause, accident or catastrophe that we face, we bear witness to the many who step up when asked to by their peers. This is the immense power that crowdfunding facilitates and which goes far beyond just the funds that are raised. We need to build bridges in South Africa across social, political and racial divides. Each campaign launched has the capacity to draw people together around common causes that we believe in, binding us together as a nation through positive stories and impact.
Neave’s Journey To Sound
Neave Barrett was born on September 23, 2016, after failing her hearing test doctors discovered she was born deaf. Fortunately, the Baretts’ had medical aid that covered a portion of the funds needed for her R517 020 Cochlear implant. A crowdfunding campaign was set up in February 2016 to raise R60 000 for the procedure, within 3 months the campaign had raised R 58 263.25. Thankfully, the crowd quickly responded to Neave’s heartfelt story, allowing her the opportunity to develop spoken language at the same rate as her hearing peers.
Train Hero Paralysed After Mugging
Darren August was thrown out of a moving train after trying to protect two ladies from a robbery on his way to work in May 2016. Graeme Kuys, inspired by his friend’s bravery and selfless act, set out to cycle 8,848 km, the length of Mount Everest, in the hope to raise R30 000 towards Darryn’s unforeseen medical expenses. To Graeme’s surprise, his gesture generated more than half a million rand towards his friend’s recovery.
“When Darryn August had his back broken in his attempt to stop 3 robbers assaulting people on a train, the story could have been about yet another life ruined through a violent, traumatic incident in South Africa. Instead the story became one of how over 700 South Africans stood up and said, we respect him, we will support him and we will aim to emulate him in our lives. Darryn, has become a everyday-hero that every person can look up to,” says Schofield.
Ashton’s Homeless Meal Pack
Ashton Frodsham, who is a Grade 10 pupil at St Alban’s College, is providing breakfast meal packs to 150 homeless people in Pretoria for six months through his ‘Breakfast For A Buddy’ campaign. Ashton has fundraised before: he was 11 when he raised R15 000 towards medical bills for a fellow cricketer from a different school. Ashton also used BackaBuddy, in 2015. Introduced to former Proteas batsman, Alviro Petersen, Ashton had collected cricketing gear with his grandfather and Alviro told him about an initiative to bring disadvantaged schoolboys from the Eastern Cape to play in Pretoria. He managed to raise R46 000 to cover their flights, accommodation, travel and meals and donated the cricketing gear they’d collected.
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Cody The Knysna Fire Survivor Horse
During the disastrous Knysna Fires on June 7, 2017, we were inundated with campaigns, the devastation destroyed homes, businesses and separated families. One pony, by the name of Cody suffered severe burns all over his body and fled his home to escape the blaze. He returned home after 3 weeks without food or water and found himself in desperate need of rehabilitation. Owner Karen Lambrechts set up a campaign to cover Cody’s medical costs, estimated at R40 000. Donors responded to Cody’s story with open hearts and his campaign raised a total of R 129 648.82! By the time the fires were put out, a total of R2.08 million was raised to support victims of the Knysna Fires.
Tackling stage 3 breast cancer with a courageous sense of humour, MANDY LOTTERING, a beloved salon owner from Pietermaritzburg, crowdfunded over R95 500 towards her R120 000 double mastectomy which took place on the 6th of November 2017. With an entire community at her side and local housewives campaigning on her behalf, Mandy is currently recovering from her life changing procedure.
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Meerkat Solidearth Rescues Unwanted Former Pet Meerkats
Alma and Wessell run the Solidearth Meerkat Rescue And Rehabilitation at the Lohatla Training Centre, close to Postmasburg, in the Northern Cape. Their organisation has rescued over 100 meerkats to date.
The couple would like to start collaring alpha females to track them in the wild and better understand their ecosystem. The cost is the only element holding the expansion process back, as these collars can cost up to R3 750 each and the appropriate tracking equipment costs approximately R16 000.
They hoping with their Backabuddy.co.za campaign they will have the opportunity to educate animal lovers about the unfairness of keeping meerkats as pets, raise awareness for their cause and have enough funds to rehabilitate as many meerkats as possible.
Taking On The Tide For Charity
This is where 10-year-old Abriella Bredell and the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town come into play. Abriella is the small package dynamite comes in and in December this year, she’ll attempt a grandiose feat in an attempt to raise R2-million for all the hospital’s paediatric needs. She’ll push her body and skills when she takes on the formidable strait between Big Bay, Blouberg and Robben Island; her preparation is in full swing at present.
She will take on the 7.9km challenge swimming freestyle. “My ultimate goal in swimming is to practice hard and swim the Robben Island Channel with my coach, Brenton Williams. My favourite stroke is the butterfly, but I think my first Robben Island crossing will be freestyle,” she notes.
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The Smile Foundation
The Smile Foundation have also run consecutive successful campaigns on BackaBuddy, generating an astounding R1.3 million through various events to restore broken smiles in South Africa. To date they have been able to perform over 1000 free corrective Plastic and Reconstructive surgeries and have changed the lives of countless families.
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“Through dealing with these remarkable campaigns we are reminded of the spirit of Ubuntu that runs through our veins. My thoughts go back to the founder of BackaBuddy, Allan Beauthin, who sadly passed away in 2015. When he started BackaBuddy, crowdfunding was still a very new concept in South Africa yet he saw the potential of the platform making a huge social impact. We are proud to continue his legacy and continue to assist individuals to raise funds for causes they are passionate about,” says Catherine Du Plooy, BackaBuddy Chief Operations Officer.
“One of the biggest concerns in the donor community, is always the question of where generated funds will be used. For this reason we offer the option to manage funds for our campaign creators. We have seen that by offering the service of managing funds directly, individuals are more open to supporting charitable causes,” she says.
“Crowdfunding has the unique ability to unite individuals in the face of fear and adversity. It has the potential to bring about meaningful social change and it creates an opportunity for individuals to support their passions and to spread kindness that is often lacking in our fast-paced world.” – Zane Groenewald, marketing officer – BackaBuddy.
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