Raising money for living expenses & rent while studying in UAE.

  • US$1,765.00
    raised of $16,500.00 goal goal
10% Funded
31 Donors
Raised offline: $7,000.00
Total: $8,765.00

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Hi lovely souls of the world!

I am Karuna (Marsh) from Singapore. I am a transfeminine actress, a pole dancer and a figure skater. It has been my dream to represent the coloured, voiceless, underprivileged and underrepresented LGBTQ community on TV and stage. I also have a dream to move to the USA to live and work as an Asian trans actress. The reason for this is because I want to live & thrive in a country that doesn’t criminalize me for my sexual orientation. Being an openly transfeminine asian actress, I know that this will be really tough, but I am willing to do all I can to make that a reality, despite the odds.

As such, I am working towards my dream & I was recently offered a scholarship to do a Bachelors of Arts in Musical Theatre at Sharjah Performing Arts Academy in Sharjah, UAE this coming September (2020). I am blessed to have received the scholarship for tuition, but coming from a single mother family of a low income background, I have to self fund my stay there, which I am unable to do so alone. Therefore, I would like to seek your kindness and generosity in helping to help me achieve my dream of becoming an amazing actor. Having calculated the costs of living, rent and visas in Sharjah, it has come up to more than USD50000 for the 4 years of my studies there. I just hope to raise enough for my 1st year. Unfortunately due to covid, I have to stay in a private room as per government laws. For the first year, I would need $23100 (usd $16500)

Here is the breakdown per month:

Rent & Utility = USD1100/mth (for 1st year only as we need private rooms due to covid) $550(shared room) on 2nd year onwards.

Cost of living (Food, transport, phone bill, costumes, books, etc) = USD550

Visa + health insurance (4 years) = USD3400

I will be looking for jobs to take on while I am in school, it is subject to my school's approval and I am limited in my working hours. Thus, I am appealing for your help. I have added all my savings in, under "funds raised offline".

I currently have about usd$9000 in total now.


This amount is huge and I know that I cannot do this alone, but with your help, and the help of my beloved LGBTQ community around the world, I will be able to make this dream of mine a reality. I know that there are many causes out there to support, and many underprivileged people that could benefit from any form of financial aid.

Hence, I would like to make a promise to pay this forward. I will offer to volunteer to teach LGBTQ children dance/musical theatre, and help to ignite the love for theatre/performing arts from an early age. This will also boost their confidence and self esteem which is very important for them to step into the society. It will also help to normalise LGBTQ in the mainstream society and TV/Stage if more of them become performing artists and fighters of change, spreading more acceptance and love. I used to teach dance to HIV positive orphans in Vietnam, as well as teach down syndrome children figure skating and yoga as a volunteer.

Any excess donations from this crowdfunding drive will be donated to a LGBTQ charity, or an animal shelter after my studies (another thing I’m very passionate about is animals).

Thank you so much for your time and generosity! <3

You can also Paynow or Paylah me at +6583115992 without the admin fees.

Lots of Love,

Marshy

Rewards

Hand written Thank You postcard from Sharjah

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  • Karuna Marsh
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Donors

  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Jan 25, 2021
$10.00
  • Nayoung Kim
  • Donated on Jun 25, 2020
  • Pray for your best success in the career and life. On the way, Happiness is here and now. :)

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  • Guest
  • Donated on Jun 10, 2020
$15.00

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31 donors
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Jan 25, 2021
$10.00
  • Nayoung Kim
  • Donated on Jun 25, 2020
  • Pray for your best success in the career and life. On the way, Happiness is here and now. :)

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  • Guest
  • Donated on Jun 10, 2020
$15.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Jun 05, 2020
  • Best of luck, Marshall! Love, Teacher Michelle

$250.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Jun 05, 2020
$250.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Jun 01, 2020
  • Congratulations Marshall on your resilience and dedication to becoming a professional artist. May your fire live on and inspire others along the way. You are strong.

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  • Eugene Chow
  • Donated on May 31, 2020
  • Sending all my love, Marshall

$100.00
  • Nico Christopher
  • Donated on May 26, 2020
  • All the best for your studies in UAE :)

$20.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on May 23, 2020
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  • Donated on May 23, 2020
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Karuna Marsh
US$1,765.00
raised of $16,500.00 goal
10% Funded
31 Donors
Raised offline: $7,000.00
Total: $8,765.00

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