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We launch crowdfunding platform with a life-changing project

Jun 06, 2017

This week we are officially launching a crowdfunding platform with the aim of continuing our strong tradition of raising funds for student-led projects in Salford and across the globe.

The crowdfunding platform, named FundUS, is a vehicle for campus and community projects to be funded through peer-to-peer fundraising. Take a look at the animation below to learn more about how crowdfunding at Salford works:

Claire Green, Development Manager of Individual Giving said of the platform: "We are delighted to be launching a new forum for fundraising in the University’s 50th anniversary year. We have worked hard to find a user-friendly platform that ensures that university stakeholders can use the platform to raise funds for student and community projects that are not otherwise funded by traditional sources. As an exempt charity, it is really important for us to be proactive to the ways that our community want to support us, and to ensure that an outstanding student experience is possible – regardless of financial circumstances."

The first project seeking funding is the powerful story of Salford Knowledge 4 Change – an organisation based at the University which aims to provide placements in Uganda to Salford students. The students travel to Uganda to get first-hand experience in their field while supporting the advancement of medical provision in the most remote parts of Uganda.

Through Salford Knowledge 4 Change’s crowdfunding page, we meet Ninsiima, a Ugandan woman who had her hands and part of her ear severed by her partner in a dispute over the harvest on their farm – all of this while Ninsiima was pregnant. Salford Knowledge 4 Change tell the story of how their healthcare professionals, in partnership with sister organisations in Uganda, produced a prosthetic hand for Ninsiima and taught her how to use it. Salford Knowledge 4 Change write on their FundUS page that there are many more cases like Ninsiima’s in Uganda, and still have work to do and the academic development of students to support. However, their funding from Health Education England ran out in 2017, meaning that their work to benefit Salford students and communities in Uganda can only continue if the £6,000 needed to send the group of six students is found.

James Ackers-Johnson, who is running the project, added: "As our funding came to an end, we had serious concerns about how we would continue our work in Salford with students and in Uganda with our patients, but were delighted to be chosen as the first project to pilot FundUS. We are hopeful that the Salford community are supportive of the opportunities that can be a reality for our students through supporting our crowdfunding campaign."

If you would like to support the project or find out more about the FundUS platform, please visit fundus.salford.ac.uk and share the cause with your networks.