Suicide teen's mother sets up foundation and asks for donations

2015-09-14 18:20
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Durban - Liesl Gottert, whose 14-year-old daughter Klara jumped to her death from the roof of the Northgate Shopping centre in Johannesburg in August, is still struggling with the void left by her death.

"It is very tough; being able to talk about it for a couple of weeks has helped. There is still that void and I find myself waking up every morning at 02:00 and cry until 06:00. It is the deepest darkest place I have ever been," she said.

Gottert was speaking ahead of the gala launch of a foundation established in her daughter’s memory.

She has called for donations and begun selling memberships to the foundation, understood to be aimed at campaigning against bullying, abuse, drugs, underage drinking, corporal punishment and destructive behaviour.

According to the foundation’s website, it is at this launch where projects and the scope of the foundation will be announced.

"The evening is primarily aimed to launch the foundation as a fundraising event and to raise media awareness around the projects that will be driven by the foundation.

"The gala will feature entertainment, a four-course meal and the showing of a video of what the featured foundation programmes will entail in the year ahead.

"The event will fund the setting up of office infrastructure and administrative, fundraising and financial control staff with which to drive the projects that we have committed to. Seats at the gala evening will be available at R1 500 per head or at R15 000 for a sponsored table of 10," the site reads.

There is also a call for corporate and private sponsors, with a VIP Platinum sponsorship entailing a pledge of R10 000 per month for two years.

"The vision and mission is clear, and the bottom line is that the foundation wants to spread the sunshine," Gottert said.

"This is all about creating awareness and this is what we would like to make an impact on. We have had such an outcry of people who have contacted us from parents who are anxious about their children to people who just want to know more."

"These suicides are under reported and no one knows how rife the problem is," she said.

To her critics, Gottert said that they would not hinder the work of the foundation.

"There has been a tragedy in our lives and there has been lots of support, but there will always someone who will go the complete opposite direction and be critical just for the sake of it, and often this is done by people seeking attention. People can sit in the peanut gallery but no one is going to stop this train moving," she said.

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