Ugandan Weightlifter who Went Missing in Tokyo Olympics found help from Concerned Group through Airfunding

Days before the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Ugandan weightlifter Julius Ssekitoleko disappeared from the Olympic training camp. His disappearance sent the Uganda and Japanese governments on their toes and together, set out to search for him. He left only a clear note before fleeing: that he wanted to find work in Japan and requested to return his belongings to his family. 

Four days later, he was found and sent back to his hometown immediately. The Ugandan government promised him continuous rehabilitation to support his career, but soon after, he was detained for more than 48 hours. This action was criticized by the Union of Uganda Sports Federations and Association saying, “he deserves sympathy, not harsh treatment”. His lawyer also told the media that Julius wasn’t the first athlete to disappear in a foreign land, seeking work due to the little support they get from the country they represent. And who wouldn’t? When his pregnant wife and was immediately evicted from their rented home after he fled to Japan. His only source of hope and income was his talent: his craft – his sport.

Leaving jail wearing his medals, Julius Ssekitoleko captured the hearts and sympathy of people across the globe. People started to support him on Twitter using the hashtag #StandWithSsekitoleko and lawyers rushed in to offer him help for free. Walter Mwesigye, a Ugandan TV producer and writer organized a drive to help Julius on his financial and legal battles. He has put up a project in Airfunding called “Stand Up for Julius Ssekitoleko” which raised $2,883 from people across the globe.

It seems that many citizens of Uganda resonated with his story, finding themselves in the same boat as someone who wishes to leave the doorstep of home and find themselves in a better place in a foreign land.

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Malaysian Comedian and Popular Blogger, Arwind Kumar Successfully Raised Funds to Help Families Affected by COVID-19 Pandemic


Arwind Kumar a popular personality in Malaysia has used Airfunding to gather donations for his charity project last year. His project aims to help those families that are greatly affected by the community lockdown imposed by the government most particularly families who lost their jobs or lost the opportunity to earn income.

He founded the #quaranTEAM charity initiative to provide a month’s worth of food supplies and basic needs to families in need. He has raised almost $ 9,000 for his project that helped vulnerable families during the lockdown.


Together with Airfunding, he has used his social media presence to make this initiative a success. However, many people still need help as this global pandemic has been paralyzing the economy much more to simple families who are barely making it to survive. 

As the month of Ramadan is celebrated across the world, it is encouraged to give more to charitable efforts especially to those that are vulnerable. A simple act of kindness will make a difference to another person’s life. Let this season be a beacon of hope to everyone in need.

During these trying times, the best of humanity is displayed everywhere through different means and ways. As the rise of similar projects on Airfunding has been increasing over the past few months, many people in need across the globe are benefiting from this act of kindness. Arwind has inspired more people to help one another so everyone can get through this. Airfunding is dedicated to helping everyone by everyone across all borders, beyond any language and race. Now people can seek help and provide support to almost anyone in the world.

Airfunding has over 10,000,000 supporters around the world and can be accessed in 200+ countries in almost all languages. Airfunding is free to use, anyone can register and start creating projects in less than 5 minutes. Start your fundraising project today!

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