Save RhinoGayle from PhD poverty

Update posted by Gayle Pedersen On Oct 02, 2017

With so many worthy causes out there these days, and millions of people far worse off than I am, I am more aware than most of what it means to part with $5 on a whim for someone who is struggling to make ends meet.

If you would like a detailed breakdown of how funds will be spent, I will be happy to provide it. I calculated my absolute minimum monthly budget earlier this year for a bursary negotiation to be ZAR7966 (rent, medical aid, phone, fuel, food; without things like medical emergencies or car parts falling off) and I was able to secure a ZAR6900 bursary from April to August. But now it's full speed ahead with thesis write-up so there's not a second to spare for job hunting (or even part time work until the thesis is submitted).

I am trying to raise enough to allow for 2-3 months of manuscript writing once the thesis is submitted and awaiting examiner feedback, and if I exceed my target it could potentially help with relocation to a site of prospective employment.

As I said, I am well aware of the struggles many of my fellow citizens are facing, particularly on missions to improve their circumstances and better their education, and all I can say is that I pay it forward. I always give back. For now my mission is just rhinos. But rhinos are an integral part of our economy and natural heritage. Tomorrow I would like my mission to be community empowerment through wildlife conservation.

PLEASE NOTE: If you do decide to support my campaign and you have access to PayPal...it is a quicker process for access to funds and the interest charged to me is less than for debit and credit card payments (which is 12% due to my location). So with PayPal more of your donation comes to me rather than to an interest fee ;)

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