Last week for the third time in our families history we were rocked by the tragedy of suicide. My uncle, my mom‘s older brother unexpectedly took his life. During a time when we are especially stressed with the effects of the pandemic still holding South Africa hostage and now including the unexpected looting and riots, my remaining family are under enormous stress to keep everything together. I am unable to be with them during this time as I am working abroad and the only way I know how to help them it’s through financial means. Suicide has unfortunately been something which has torn our family apart on several occasions. My own old brother was the first to take his life back in 1991, just a year after we lost my dad. Then a decade later my oldest cousin, and the son of my late uncle took his life too. Now some 15 years later, we are dealing with such loss again. Except this time our family is older and more fragile making this exceptionally difficult to deal with not just on an emotional level but also on a financial level.
The purpose of this fundraising campaign is to raise money for my family to salvage some semblance of a normal life in the aftershocks of what has happened. My mom who has lost far too much in her life deserves peace of mind financially as do the rest of the family. The funds raised will go towards providing an income for my family during a very difficult time in the world and provide a cushion for what is currently happening in South Africa in the most unexpected of times.
Should you be able to contribute towards this it would go along way towards relieving stress on our family without the shame of asking directly for help which is very difficult for any human being to do.
As we enter a very difficult week for my family with my uncle’s funeral followed a few days later by my later by brothers birthday and my grandmothers - my mom‘s own mother’s death anniversary on the same day, I thank you for your time in reading my story.
I wish nothing but love and kindness to all those going through a difficult time right now.
Thank you, Shaun