#IMSTAYING crowdfunds to feed South Africans affected by #Covid19

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#ImStaying crowdfunds over R300 000 in less than 24hours to assist families in South Africa with food vouchers.

With the implementation of the national lockdown to flatten the curve of the COVID19 pandemic, many families in South Africa have been left destitute without the means to earn an income and provide for their families.

Facebook group, #ImStaying, asked their over 1 million followers what they need during this time, approximately 20 000 said they needed help with food and other necessities.

“We are facing incredibly testing times as a country. I put out a call to our members recently asking who was in need of food and to my total dismay, we have thousands responding, many of which were seeking aid for themselves and their family members of up to 10 people which was both sobering and heartbreaking to witness.” – says group founder, Jarette Petzer (39)

Honoring social distancing guidelines, #ImStaying launched a campaign on donations based crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy, to raise funds to be converted into digital food vouchers to help as many South Africans as possible.

The campaign went live on the 21th of April 2010 and has thus far raised a total of R 296 057.46 with contributions from 600 donors with locally and abroad.

“As a community, we have to stick together and try to share the burden those of us who can. There is only one way through this and that’s together. With our BackaBuddy campaign, we will do our best to help as many people as possible on a first-come, first-serve basis. We hope our members and the public at large will join us in raising funds as we strive to overcome this global pandemic.” – says Jarette 

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Read more: #IMSTAYING launches campaign to provide Mfuleni township with #Covid19SA precaution packs.

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Honoring social distancing guidelines, funds raised by Porky’s campaign will be converted into digital food vouchers that can be redeemed at any local Shoprite supermarket.

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