Heroes' Fund for Jamie's education

On Saturday, October 14,  five masked men invaded the home of our brother-in-law Mark Fagan; our sister and sister-in-law Joanne Fagan; and their fourteen-year-old daughter, our sweet niece Jamie.  The Fagans are among the kindest people we've ever met.   

Jamie had been hosting a birthday/slumber party for six friends.  Her house was an ideal place for a kids' party; she lived on a petting zoo farm where her dad raised dwarf goats, bunnies, miniature pigs, and other little critters, an hour north of Cape Town, South Africa. 

The gang of armed men attacked the girls after Jamie’s mom and dad had gone to bed.   When one of them violently grabbed one of Jamie's friends, Jamie jumped on top of the girl in a valiant effort to protect her.  A gunman fired at Jamie, narrowly missing her.  

 Awoken by screams and gunshots, Mark Fagan rushed to confront the entire gang.  "Roaring like a lion”, Joanne says, Mark punched and shoved the armed men away from his daughter and her friends, and out of his house.

One of the gunmen shot Mark in the heart.

The gang then fled, as Joanne was retrieving her gun from a locked safe.  She arrived on the porch to find her kind, strong, gentle husband lying dead.

Mark has been widely hailed a hero in newspapers throughout South Africa, and beyond, for having stopped an atrocity – and also by the parents of Jamie’s  friends whom he saved that night.

His death was the latest in a series of violent crimes that have beset his rural community, near the town of Atlantis, and is part of a horrific phenomenon of farm murders that has gripped the country.  

The small animal farm is no longer safe for the surviving members of this very special family, and Mark is gone, and a major source of income is lost with him.  

Jamie’s big sister Amy has proposed that we raise money for Jamie’s education fund, so that she can achieve a dream that she and her dad both shared.  And that's why we've set up this site.   The funds raised will go toward Jamie's education.  

For any potential US or western donors who might kindly consider a contribution: Please know that even a small amount of dollars, pounds, or Euros can go far in South Africa. You can make credit card donations through this GoFundMe site by clicking the "Donate Now" button.   Rowan and I will withdraw the funds and deliver them to the family, most likely via an international wire transfer.

We are determined that Jamie will get through this  trauma, and that she will have a future as bright and happy as her dad’s famously blue eyes.  

With gratitude,

Rowan Philp (Jo's brother and Jamie's uncle) and Carmen Nobel (Jamie's new aunt)
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