A young entrepreneur, Ciara Ryan (29) from Dundrum in Dublin, has launched a website to raise funds for emigrants who cannot afford to come back home on visits or permanently.
“I thought wouldn’t it be great if all her friends could each donate a little towards her flight. A little from many would amount to a lot, affording her the opportunity to purchase a flight home.”
She did some research and found no site like this existed solely for flight funding and set about finding a web developer who’d take on the project.
“It took roughly 8 months to implement but it was worth the ups and downs as the end result is a simple, easy to use site.”
So how does it work? Fly Them Home is classed as a ‘Crowdfunding’ website. Crowdfunding explains the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their money, usually via the Internet, to support other people or organisations.
“Our website provides a platform whereby friends, family members, or individuals abroad can create a Flight Fund page in order to raise funds for that flight home. A flight fund page is created by the individual or on behalf of the person abroad and is then promoted through social networking sites and through a unique link that only friends and relatives can see.”
The site can also be used to fly relatives out to the country where their loved-ones have settled. They may wish to start a fund to fly their parents or siblings out to see them. That’s what crowdfunding is. Every small donation from the few amounts to a lot for one.
“Given that a recent survey showed 300,000 people have emigrated from Ireland in the past four years, there are a lot of people suffering the pain of separation from their families and friends.”
Ryan added, “This is a simple and very cheap way to reunite emigrants with the people who love them most.”