A CROWD-funding campaign smashed through its fundraising target this week to raise almost £4,500.
Emsworth-based charity The Seed, Africa, surpassed its original target of £4,200 when the campaign reached its climax on Friday (January 9) – ending on a balance of £4,400.
The money will be used to help an African schoolgirl fulfil her dream of becoming a doctor.
Georgina-Kate Adams, founder of The Seed, Africa, said: “We are thrilled the crowd-funding campaign has ended in success.
“Both Lelo and myself are filled with humility and gratitude for everybody who supported our vision.”
The Seed was started in 2012, to Crowdfund a scholarship so 17-year-old Lelo could go to boarding school.
In just over six weeks, £7,300 was raised to make the ‘bright but vulnerable’ Swazi girl’s dream come true.
Thanks to this latest campaign, Lelo will now be able to continue her education in 2015.
The campaign ran for 28 days and attracted support from more than 100 individuals locally and abroad.
While half of early pledges came from loyal supporters within the community by the end of the campaign half of all donations were by people who had never supported The Seed before.
“This scholarship really will change Lelo’s life,” said Georgina-Kate.
“There are no medical schools in Swaziland, so attending a high-quality school like this offers her the best chance of winning a place at university in South Africa when she graduates.”
The latest crowd-funding success was the finishing touch to a great year for Georgina-Kate.
In the autumn she was invited to attend a global summit which saw her rub shoulders with Bob Geldof, former UN secretary general Kofi Annan, Dame Ellen MacArthur, and the individuals that were instrumental in the Northern Ireland peace process.
She was invited to attend One Young World in Dublin because of her commitment to girls’ education and empowerment.
“Educating girls in the developing world is proven to be one of the best ways to stop the cycle of poverty in its tracks,” said Georgina-Kate.
“Educate a girl and you plant a seed to change a community, a nation and every future generation.
“It starts with one girl and one scholarship.”
To find out more about The Seed, Africa, visit www.theseedafrica.com.