Former Durbanite sets up crowdfund to get to dad's funeral

Former Durbanite sets up crowdfund to get to dad's funeral

Update: Ms. Ginslov has kindly alerted us to the fact that her father's name was Bent and not Brent, as previously stated. Many thanks!

Durban Jeannette Ginslov's elderly father, Bent, passed away on March 25th in his sleep. Desperate to get to Howick in KwaZulu-Natal to attend his funeral, Ms. Ginslov started a GoFundMe campaign to raise the approximately R20,000 she needed. 

Living in Scotland, Ms. Ginslov wrote that she didn't have the money to attend his funeral and needed to raise £800 to fly to South Africa and travel to Howick. Less than a day later, over 150 people shared her story and donations came flooding in. 


Bent Ginslov in his younger days. Picture: supplied.

Speaking to Newsful just before departing to South Africa, Ms. Ginslov said: "...my Dad supported me and believed in me all my life. We called each other on the phone every Sunday no matter where I was in the world. This loss makes me sad yet strong, unfocused yet determined to live like he lived, fearless and resilient right to the very end. I will miss that very much."

She said the generosity of those who contributed to her crowdfunding campaign enabled her to be with her family and to celebrate her dad's life. "It [was] a final farewell to both [my] parents who are now gone."

Ms. Ginslov said over and above the financial contribution, the "loving comments" she received gave her 'strength when I need it most."

Her arrival in Durban did not go without challenges to overcome. She said by the time she landed, her cellphone had died and she couldn't hire a car to travel to Howick. 

After being stranded at the airport, a man by the name of Themba came to her aid with a cell phone, charger and directions to the hotel she was staying at. "Nothing like arriving [at your] home town after 24 hours traveling and you can't get a car, cell phone battery dead, sister not picking up phone and car rental place without one car available [and] not accepting cash nor Visa card. Plus to rent car, here, they wanted R3 000 deposit."

In a Facebook post, Ms. Ginslov thanked Themba profusely. 

In all, 43 people, 13 of whom were anonymous donors, contributed to her campaign. Ms. Ginslov said by the end of a week, she had raised £150 more, bringing the total contributions for her trip to South Africa to £950 (approximately R20,000).

"I was so moved to be back "home" to attend his memorial service and stayed over at his house, going over photographs and memories of him and our family life. A lot has been going through my mind, body and emotions. Memories come and go, tears flow and go...all those times in South Africa, my life in South Africa. Feeling a bit homesick but this too will pass. One chapter in my life is gone, but new ones are about to open too."

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Ms. Ginslov's father Bent (R), uncle Robert and sister Caroline Leslie (R) in 2014. Mr. Ginslov was 87 years old, then. Picture: supplied. 

Ms. Ginslov is a lecturer at The Space Dundee and Scottish Dance Theatre. One of her funders was Ismail Mahomed, Artistic and Festival Director at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

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