Andre Smuts, my ex-partner and friend, has been given an opportunity of a lifetime by being offered a prestigious contract to sing in the operatic pop quartet Il Quattro on their European tour, starting in May. Many of you are aware of his immense musical talent. I would like to help make his dream a reality. Unlike many of us, he does not have any family that he can turn to in this time of need. He is my family now, but sadly I don't have the deep pockets needed to finance him on the final part of his journey. He needs to fund the following expenses that are not covered by his contract:
Money for a medical exam and a translator to translate the medical certificate into Spanish.
Money for a working visa to work abroad as required by the European Union.
Money to cover his food expenses for his first month overseas.
In total, the money I am requesting to help fund him is R 8 500. Yes, that's massive! Especially for every South African living from paycheck to paycheck. But I’m imploring our small FB community to please donate even the smallest amount to help me help him. Even R 10 will make a difference.
If I am fortunate enough to raise any more money than the crowdfunding goal, every cent past that amount will be donated to Childline, a charity close to my heart and befitting the challenges he has overcome in his own life. And if I only reach this target or somewhere near to it, I personally pledge to donate R 1000 to Childline to say thank you to all of you for your support.
All proofs of transfers of funds will be posted on social media to ensure transparency.
Thank you message to donors:
Thank you for your generosity in making a contribution to this crowdfunding campaign to allow Andre Smuts, my Boerseun, to realise his dream of singing with Il Quattro on their European tour starting in May. I truly believe that nobody deserves this opportunity more than him. His unique voice needs to be heard and will bring joy to all of our lives. Thank you for understanding that this is not an indulgence but rather an opportunity that will hopefully set him on a new trajectory and allow him to work at the only thing he truly loves doing. My hope is that your donation will be payed forward until it is returned to you ten-fold.