Community answers family’s urgent plea to bring daughter’s remains home after falling to her death in China
On the 30th of April 2021, Kgothatso Mdunana (24), a student studying Civil engineering in China, allegedly fell to her death from the window of her friend’s apartment on the 13th floor in Hangzhou.
Shaken by the loss of the vibrant Kgothatso, her family is left with many unanswered questions and have been working with the International Relations Department in China to return her to South African soil.
Heartbroken and faced with the unexpected cost of repatriation, estimated at over R350 000, Kgothatso’s family launched a crowdfunding campaign on BackaBuddy on the 3rd of May, to appeal to the public for support to bring her remains home, so that they may find closure.
“This is proving to be the most difficult time for our family and we want nothing more than to be afforded the opportunity to say our last goodbyes to her. She deserves a send-off that is fitting for a person of her nature. She was ever-smiling and jolly, adventurous and free-spirited. This is how we will remember her. Please keep us in your thoughts as we embark on this very difficult journey. Rest In Peace Angel” – Kgothatso’s cousin, Rebotile Matoane wrote on the campaign page.
With overwhelming support from 250 generous donors both locally and internationally, over R591 000 has been raised to bring Kgothatso’s remains home and cover the cost of her funeral and burial.
Kgothatso’s mother, Nomsa, wants to thank family, friends and kind strangers for their love and support during this devastating time.
“On behalf of the Mdunana family I would like to thank you for your generous donation for the repatriation costs of my daughter Kgothatso Mdunana. We are extremely thankful and have no words to describe our deepest gratitude. Kgothatso’s spirit will rest in eternal peace with the assistance received from all you. Again, thank you for your support, may the Almighty increase threefold where you have taken out so that you can help other families in need.” – says Nomsa
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