support Sangmarie Gomez in his nursing training

Thank you so much for choosing to help Sangmarie complete his nursing training! Together we are improving the health of an entire community, and we are supporting an inspiring young leader who has a passion to serve.

For more information about Sangmarie Gomez and why maddy schafer and Trish McNair are working together to raise funds for his nursing training, please see our Sponsoring Sangmarie Gomez page in Facebook.

Please choose an option below to visit PayPal and send your donation.

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Money transparency - how we manage donations

How we collect donations

We have set up a separate PayPal account just for Sangmarie's fundraising and it will not be used for anything else. The email address for this PayPal account is

Note that it is not possible to withdraw money from a Gambian PayPal account to a Gambian bank account. Money in Gambian PayPal accounts can ONLY be used for shopping online.

Why we use Western Union to send money to Sangmarie

It's expensive to send money to The Gambia. maddy spent hours looking for a cost effective way and finally came to the conclusion there isn't one. Given what she knows now, the best option is Western Union. This is how it works:

  • maddy sends money to Sangmarie via Western Union
  • Western Union bills the full cost of the transaction to maddy's credit card
  • maddy withdraws the cost of the transaction from PayPal and pays off her credit card
  • maddy has checked with her accountant that she can do this without incurring tax liability.

We realise this payment method is less than elegant, however it is what we have been able to arrange with the time and resources available.

How much it costs to send money to Sangmarie

If we send NZ$150 to Sangmarie via Western Union, fees to move the money are NZ$28. This is 18.6 percent of the amount paid, nearly one fifth. However the transaction is completed in seconds and the total cost of the transaction is known before we send.

If we send money via bank to bank transfer the cost is higher because there are multiple bank fees. Additionally the transaction takes 3-7 days to complete, and the final cost is not known until after it's complete. This makes sending money harder to administer and we need to keep it simple.

Why we send funds in chunks

With Western Union larger payments still attract a fee but it's a lower proportion of the total sent, so larger payments are more cost effective to send.

This means we will gather donations in PayPal until they reach at least NZ$500, and then send them to Sangmarie via Western Union as described above.


If you have any questions or concerns about how we are handling your donation please message us on the Sponsoring Sangmarie Gomez page on Facebook.