The Sandton SPCA, received a disturbing call on 26 January 2018, a concerned citizen witnessed a dog being stoned to death by a couple of neighborhood children in Lombardy East, Johannesburg. The dog had a apparently been a nuisance destroying bin bags. As a non-profit organization relying solely on donations, the SPCA has limited resources to meet the demands of their community. Unfortunately, the Sandton SPCA only have 3 vehicles at their dispsoal to cover a large area. At the time of the incident, all inspectors were out attending to other complaints. By the time the inspector arrived on the scene, it was too late, the culprits had fled the scene and the poor pup didn't make it.The SPCA team have vowed not to give up until they have found those responsible. “In emergency cases, the inspectors leave everything they are busy with to tend to compliants. The animals are always our first priority.” – says Jaco Pieterse, Sandton SPCA, General Manager. After the incident involving the stoned dog, the dedicated Sandton SPCA team got proactive and set up a campaign on Donations-based Crowdfunding platform BackaBuddy to appeal to the public to help raise R90 000 for a new one-ton Nissan NP300 vehicle to better respond to emergency calls in remote areas. The BackaBuddy campaign went live on the 30th of January 2018 and generated R 88 239.41 with the support of 195 donors. With the funds to purchase a new vehicle, the Sandton SPCA will be able to better protect the animals in their community from unnecessary cruelty and it will also impower their stellization drive. You can view the Sandton SPCA's BackaBuddy Crowdfunding projects here Click here to make a direct donation to the Sandton SPCA. “We were overwhelmed with the support we received from our supporters and followers. We managed to raise almost the full amount in less than 2 weeks. We would like to thank our donors for their dedication and kindness to the animals we serve and protect. The work . . .
Paediatrician Registrar and mother of 2, Kerryn Neilson (32), from Midrand, Johannesburg has crowdfunded over 1 million rand towards a new chemotheraphy drug to save her life. Whilst in Germany visiting her sister in law, Kerryn discovered large, painless lymph nodes in the cervical, supraclavicular and infraclavicular areas (down the side of the neck and above and below her collarbone). As a medical practioner herself, Kerryn immedinately suspected she might have Cancer. A lymph node biopsy on the 2 May 2017 on her return to South Africa, confirmed Kerryn’s suspusions and she was diagnosed with T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL.) T-ALL is a fast-growing blood cancer which creates abnormal lymphocytes (white blood cells formed in the bone marrow) “Abnormal lymphocytes don’t fight infections very well, and as a result your body keeps on producing more and more of them as its need for them is never satisfied. This results in these abnormal cells crowding the bone marrow, preventing it from making the normal cells that your body needs and making one susceptible to infections The bone marrow is also responsible for creating your red blood cells and platelets, and as a result of this over-crowding those are also not formed. This leads to anaemia and random bleeding” - Says Kerryn Crying in her physician’s office, Kerryn descibes feeling utter disbelief. “I was sobbing the whole way through and strangers kept coming up to me to give me hugs and tell me that everything was going to be OK but I couldn’t speak to them because I was still so shocked with the news. I felt fear, like my whole life was being cut short and that I was too young to have this diagnosis; fear that my kids would grow up without me and eventually forget me and how much I loved them. This still terrifies me the most” – says Kerryn At the age of 5, Kerryn dreamed about being a doctor and has dedicated her life to her profession. She admits to often missing the morning school run . . .
Andrew Patterson (38) an avid hiker and entrepreneur, originally from Johannesburg has put together an innovative crowdfunding campaign in hopes to transform 1 million lives in 365 days. With his 365 Ubuntu Climbs initiative, Andrew has pledged to hike up Table Mountain everyday in 2018 to raise R1 million on donations-based crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy. The funds managed directly by BackaBuddy NPC, will be distributed to the following 3 non-profit organisations. “I aim to empower 1 million South Africans that through no fault of their own started on the back foot in life.” – says Andrew Habitat for Humanity, to build homes for the disadvantage and fulfill their basic right to safety against the elements. “Habitat for Humanity is an organization I got my previous company involved with after Nelson Mandela passed away, where we hoped to build two homes a month for the less fortunate.” – says Andrew One Heart For Kids, to teach children the value and importance of reading and writing to positively impact South Africa’s literacy rate. “ I met, Lisa Thompson-Smeddle, the founder of One Heart For Kids, the day after I had my idea and she had so many ideas and was so supportive.” – Says Andrew. The Sunflower Fund, to create awareness around Leukaemia in South Africa, in hopes to increase their donor base. “I've worked with the Sunflower Fund in the past, raising money during Argus season for the past 5 years.“ Enchanted by Cape Town’s remarkable beauty and taking into consideration the unfortunate circumstances some South Africans are born into, Andrew decided to dedicate his year to a cause bigger than himself. “Eight days before my last day of work the idea came to me whilst driving past the mountain on my way to Stellenbosch. My retrenchment was effective July 1st and instead of returning to corporate life – I decided to focus on honouring my idea which I treated like a business training both my body and my mind simultaneously. ” – says . . .