WE DID IT!!!!
Overnight my target was met! I am so grateful for the support I have and that I am able to go do such a fantastic thing because of all these people who have invested in me.
You might remember that I’m giving a paper called “You Sound Fat: Fat embodiment online” at the Fat Studies: A Critical Dialogue conference in Sydney later this year, and after doing my sums I’ve discovered something a little scary. It costs a lot of money, and because I am not an academic my attendance is not subsidised by a university. So, after a few tears and worries my most awesome husband ever put up a Paypal button to collect donations so that I can attend! Isn’t he the best? (Pssst, the answer is yes!)
I am a very proud person so letting people give me money is quite difficult, but on the other hand I am a very passionate person who has something to stand for, and I am very invested in being an activist and advocating on behalf of fat people. I have already passed up on the Young, Fat & Fabulous conference in New York City this year because the cost of flying from Australia was an insurmountable barrier, and it made me angry and frustrated to consider giving up on another conference, particularly one with an Australian focus!
So, if you have some money to invest in a passionate lady who really wants to make a difference in the world, you can make a Paypal donation by clicking this button.
If you can’t afford to make a donation, the next most fabulous thing would be linking to this post from Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and email! <3
I am hoping to hit AUD$650 to cover registration, flight and accommodation costs, and the fantastic part? I’m already just over $200 at the time of writing this post. I will be sending out special thank yous in the mail (snail mail!) to people who have their address visible in Paypal. It’s really all I can do to show my vast appreciation!
to the wonderful people who believe in me and donated towards getting me to the Fat Studies conference:
Tiara, Sonia, Rachael, Salirian, Erin, Makalita, Stephanie, Leesa, Jennifer, Kathryn, Catherine, Viv, Jackie, Sonya, Nicole, Elizabeth, Chloe, Christiane, Gemma, Kate, Pippa, Peta, Zoe, Jaynie, Pip, Lauren, Jessica, Ariel, Lissa, Spencer, Naomi, Patricia, Jesse, Hayley, Ana, Kirsty, Lesley, Sarah T, Marisa, Sarah W, Brianna, Janey, Elizabeth V, Margarita, Elyn, Emma, Kerry, Eryn and Lindsay.