The family of an Irishman who had travelled to SA to finally meet a person he had been talking to online have started a crowdfunding page to get him home
The family of Stanley Currie are desperate to get him home after his journey to South Africa went horribly wrong. The Irishman had come to the country to meet a love interest he had been romancing for the last two years, only to be mugged of all his personal belongings.
A part of the justgiving.com page reads:
“We’re raising £1,000 to help get Stanley Currie home from South Africa after he was mugged of all his belongings, passport and money,” Currie’s crowdfunding page on justgiving.com read. We need to put Stanley up in a hotel until his emergency passport can be got and we get him home as soon as possible. He has been walking the streets of South Africa for a week with no food or water and is currently receiving medical care,”
As of today, more than £1,164 has been donated by over 40 sponsors. The 66-year-old had been reported missing after he had not made contact since his departure from his home in Dublin in late December.
Robert, his brother, had taken to social media in efforts to locate him.
“He hadn’t booked any accommodation over there [and] was carrying a large amount of cash. He suffers from depression and has got heart health problems. This ‘person’ who he was going to meet... no one from the family have any idea who ‘she’ is and we are obviously concerned that it is a scam.”
Luckily Stanely had been located in Edenvale, Gauteng yesterday, almost 20km from the airport he had arrived at, after receiving several tip-offs he had been seen in the area.
People came forward, claiming to have seen him, saying that they had identified him by his tattoos.
The SA Community Crime Watch group had assisted in the search and had released that he had the names of family tattooed on his arm.
Steven King, a spokesperson for the organisation had told TimesLIVE that he had been found by two women, sunburnt and lying under a tree on the pavement.
“When they found him, he was disorientated. He said he got lost and could not find the way back to the place where he was staying,” King revealed.
At this point, no one knows if he had met the woman who he had travelled to South Africa to see.
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