Precious Gaza, a name that has recently been on everyone’s lips, and not for the right reasons. The young woman who once rallied thousands to her cause, now stands accused of a grand deception.
- The Chronic Illness Lie: Precious claimed she had a chronic illness, spending a whopping 15 million naira on drugs.
- The Rehab Center Lie: She claimed she was at a rehab center, but was actually living it up at restaurants, spas, and parties, all funded by the BMT donations.
- The Dead Man’s Lie: She used a deceased man’s image to claim he was her doctor at the rehab center.
The Launch of the Campaign
On 19th March 2021, the #BMTforPresh campaign was launched. The goal was clear and noble: raise enough funds to cover the costs for Precious Gaza’s Bone Marrow Transplant surgery. The campaign was anchored on two pillars – transparency and accountability. Every donor was to know where their money was going and how it was being used.
The Overwhelming Response
The response was overwhelming. People from all walks of life reached into their pockets and gave generously. Through the GoFundMe platform, a total of £53,400.00 was raised. On the home front, in naira, a whopping 33,000,000.00 was collected. The global community had rallied behind Precious, and the goal seemed within reach.
The Handover of Funds
As of 5th July 2023, Precious Gaza was in receipt of all donations made from both the GoFundMe and naira donation channels. The funds were handed over to their rightful owner, with the expectation that they would be used for the intended purpose – the BMT surgery.
For a detailed breakdown of the funds, you can visit this page.
In the wake of the successful BMT fundraising campaign, a cloud of suspicion began to form. The funds, meant to save a life, seemed to be diverted towards a lifestyle far removed from the urgency of a medical procedure. The campaign organizers, driven by a sense of responsibility towards the donors and Precious Gaza herself, decided to investigate.
The Initial Suspicions
The first red flag was Precious Gaza’s continued solicitation of funds on TikTok, even after the successful fundraising campaign. This raised questions about the use of the already collected funds. Why was there a need for more money when a significant amount had already been raised?
The campaign organizers confronted Precious Gaza about their suspicions. However, instead of providing clarity, she blocked some of them from viewing her social media accounts and ignored their prompts for accountability. This reaction only served to deepen the suspicions and prompted the organizers to delve deeper into the matter.
Upon further investigation, it was discovered that Precious Gaza had been receiving additional donations directly and was in exclusive control of all the funds. A review of her bank statements revealed a shocking truth: the BMT funds had not only been touched, but they had been used for personal expenses such as restaurants, spas, local flights, and other personal expenditures. Large chunks of money had also been transferred to her personal bank account.
The investigation revealed a heartbreaking betrayal. The funds meant for a life-saving procedure were being used for personal luxuries. The trust of thousands of donors was shattered, and the hope for a successful BMT surgery for Precious Gaza was thrown into uncertainty.
The Closure of the GoFundMe Page
In response to the findings of the investigation, the GoFundMe page was immediately disabled to halt further donations. This action was taken to prevent more donors from unknowingly contributing to Precious Gaza’s personal expenditures rather than her medical treatment.
The Public Statement
The campaign organizers felt a responsibility to inform the public and the donors about the situation. A public statement was released detailing the misuse of the funds and the actions taken in response. This move was not only about maintaining transparency but also about preserving the integrity of the campaign organizers.
The Emotional Toll
The aftermath of the BMT fundraising deception was not just financial; it was deeply emotional. Thousands of donors felt betrayed, and the campaign organizers were left disillusioned and disappointed. The trust that had been placed in Precious Gaza was shattered, leaving a community in shock and disbelief.
The Remaining Funds
As of 16th July 2023, the remaining funds on the GoFundMe account totalled £65.10. The campaign organizers were left with the difficult decision of what to do with these funds, given that they did not belong to them.
The Hope for Accountability
Following the release of the initial statement by the campaign organizers, there was a glimmer of hope that Precious Gaza would take accountability for her actions. However, her subsequent updates made it clear that she had no intentions of doing so. Instead, she continued to deflect and avoid the matter, leaving the community and the donors in a state of uncertainty and frustration.
The Continued Deception
Despite the mounting evidence against her, Precious Gaza continued her deception. She claimed to be in a rehab center and even went as far as to post a picture of an unidentifiable reception area as proof. However, upon contacting her family, it was confirmed that she was not in rehab but at home. To see this forged picture, click here.
The Active Fundraising
Even amidst the controversy, Precious Gaza remained active on TikTok, continuing to solicit more funds. This blatant disregard for the donors and the campaign organizers further deepened the sense of betrayal and disappointment.
The Unresolved Issues
As it stands, the status of the BMT and the remaining funds is still unclear. The GoFundMe account has a balance of £65.10, and the campaign organizers have decided to donate it to the Hope at Dawn Sickle Cell Foundation. However, the fate of the funds in the Barclays account remains unknown.
The journey of unraveling the truth behind Precious Gaza’s deception continues. Stay tuned for more updates on MandyNews.com.
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