George Bacon Memorial Fund - For Verena & Draco

For: Verena & Draco Bougas
Cape Town, South Africa
Organizer: Karen van Niekerk
George Bacon Memorial Fund -  For Verena & Draco (Verena & Draco Bougas)
of $2,000 goal.
Raised by 182 donors
100% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

This weekend, we lost a dear friend, husband, father, son, brother, musician, legend and a special soul to so many of us. George Bougas (or Bacon) left suddenly and unexpectedly. He leaves behind his wife Verena and their four month old son, Draco.

We would like to do what we can to help by raising some money for them. Our goal is $2000 (Roughly R25 000)

There can and will be many expenses that Verena will have to face. We would like to ease that burden somewhat by raising some money that she can use at her discretion. She is currently on maternity leave and on a restricted income. Potentially money could be used for funeral expenses, moving expenses, housing or really whatever she needs to get by.

Thank you so much for considering donating or even for a kind word. All your messages and well wishes mean so much to Verena and she really does appreciate every kindness.

My heart is hurting. As I know so many of yours are too.

I’d like to just do this little thing to help in the face of such a devastating tragedy.


Karen Churchless (van Niekerk)

This fundraiser was not Verena’s idea but she has agreed to this page being set up.

All money donated will go directly to Verena’s account. 

No one else will have any access to the money raised. This fundraising site was selected as it has the lowest administration fees and only charges credit card transaction amounts.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 6, 2015

Posted on June 6, 2015

It’s Friday night in Canada and already Saturday in South Africa. Today is the funeral and the day we start to say our goodbyes. I am truly sad and so sorry that I can’t be in Cape Town but I know there are many of us far away feeling the same. 

I think it’s safe to say that we have far passed the initial goal of this fund. It’s taken on a life of it’s own and I feel that we all just want it to keep going as far as it can - as a help to Verena, as something we can rally behind to show we care and we are grieving and we are together in this.

I’ve been speaking to Verena through the week and she was saying how proud George would be of how people came together and how touched he would be at how many his life and his music touched. 

Thank you to everyone that has contributed and that continues to share this fund.

Posted on June 2, 2015

Posted on June 2, 2015

Dear friends. In under 24 hours we have passed our initial goal and the donations and kind words keep coming in. It's really a testament to how many people loved, knew and held George dear. I'm so glad we can do this small thing together for Verena and Draco.

Verena sent this message last night:
"Thanks so much for the fund. I just clicked in it and checked my mails. So many people have donated. Lots I don't even know.
I really don't know what to say. I was never good at accepting help.
Just trying to think it's George's way of taking care of us. xxx"

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