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Users and abusers: Cashing in on Go Fund Me

Unlike some Go Fund Me campaigns, Hannah Jefferies isn't looking for a handout.
Unlike some Go Fund Me campaigns, Hannah Jefferies isn't looking for a handout. Declan Cooley

RESIDENTS across the region are using the fundraising website Go Fund Me to cash in on the generosity of others.

If you scroll through Go Fund Me's online pages for Gladstone you'll find plenty of loafing leaners who are in it for themselves.

One man -  who's on a worldwide holiday - is asking people to chip in to help him "keep living [his] dream".

He writes on his campaign's page: "The issue I face is the lack of funding to comfortably finish this trip. I have 2 months left and am starting to run pretty low."

"See the thing is that I was pretty bad with my money, earn more spend more attitude," he wrote

The keen traveler has raised $335 in the last fortnight.

Other weird and wacky Go Fund Me campaigns in the region include a daughter asking $100 to go towards her mum's birthday present; a couple asking for $5000 to kick start a small cattle farm;  $10,000 for a mum who had a "rather tough upbringing"; and one girl who wants "nothing".

But nestled among these more narrowly focused fundraising campaigns are people like Hannah Jefferies who's raising money to help others.

Early next year Hannah is leaving for Ghana in West Africa to volunteer at an orphanage.

She has paid for her flights and accommodation and now she's after extra money to buy supplies for the kids at the orphanage.

Once Hannah lands in Ghana she'll be working five days a week at the orphanage and will help out with menial duties like cooking, washing and cleaning as well as walking the kids the 2kms it takes to get to school.

"At the orphanage there are about 30 kids to two mums so I'm not going over and expecting to change the situation," she said.

"But I hope to give them the attention they miss out on."

Hannah was thinking of going on Contiki before she committed to volunteering with IVHQ Ghana.

"I felt volunteering would be more rewarding and would put into perspective how easy we've got it here," she said.

"To see the opposite end of the scale."

She didn't want label other less legitimate Go Fund Me campaigns as selfish but felt that fundraising, no matter what it's for, should benefit the community and not one person.

"Each to their own but if you're raising money through go fund me it should go towards things that benefit other people," she said.

Hannah has raised $1,175 in three months.

If you'd like to get behind Hannah, donate at https://www.gofundme.com/f33b4uqg

Topics:  go fund me, volunteering



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