Since news of João's injury came out, we - his long time friends Leonie and Greg Marinovich - have been inundated with requests by people who would like to support him.
We have set up a fund for donations that is managed by Hekaya Digital Storytelling, a registered non-profit organization subject to stringent accounting requirements. The accounting of the funds raised will be made available.
The funds will assist him and his family as he goes through rehabilitation, adjusts to a new life without legs and starts a new career line. We have little doubt he will continue photographing but he will certainly not be able to go to war zones. We estimate he will not be able to work for about 2 years.
The New York Times is guaranteeing the payment of the medical bills. And we are still determining what insurance will or will not pay for. But in any event 40 years of life without legs is a long time and something not easily adjusted to.
Should João later feel that your generosity would be welcomed elsewhere, we will donate the funds to a charity of his choice.
Leonie and Greg Marinovich
|Bank:||First National Bank|
|Branch:||Cresta Centre, PO Box 35083, Northcliff 2115, South Africa|