A mum in the UK has caused outrage when she started a GoFundMe to raise money to take her daughters to Disney World in Florida. While similar GoFundMe projects have been started for children suffering from illness or those who have recently endured hardship, this one doesn’t seem to be quite the same. The mum’s justification is simply that she cannot afford to take them.
The outrage has now gone global, with parents and non-parents alike chiming in on whether or not this is a justifiable use of online fundraising.
Nikki Smith said she’d been “traumatized” by the abuse she’d endured on the internet after she launched the page, but now, just a couple months later, she’s managed to raise £7,328, or about $9,500.
After briefly taking the page down, Smith relaunched it in the hopes of taking her daughters, 10 and 12, on their dream vacation to Disney World. Having seen GoFundMe pages for boob jobs and new cars, Smith never expected to see such backlash for her page on the site.
Speaking about the trolls who came after her when the page was launched, Smith wrote,
I’m traumatized by the abuse and negativity I have received and only put this back up because a lot of people said I should. I won’t let anyone bully me into taking it down.
Online trolls are hurtful and cruel, I haven’t hurt anyone and I was only trying to fulfill my children’s dreams. Thank you to all who have been so kind to me.
Many people took Smith’s side, however, and now she’s smashed her original goal of raising £5,000 (about $6,100). She now has plenty of money to take her kids to Disney World.
Smith posted an update to the GoFundMe thanking everyone for their support and donations.
“I have been inundated with messages of support through email and Facebook, it’s crazy, I will keep everyone updated!!!” Smith wrote. “Thank you again to all of my supporters, we love you.”