Help Jimmy Thoronka

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Raised by 1,831 people in 21 months
Richard Dent  Hampstead, ENG


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Sierra Leone’s top sprinter, who vanished after the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last summer, has been released aft
er his arrest when he was found in an emaciated state, living rough on the streets of London.

Jimmy Thoronka, who vanished after Commonwealth Games, says he can’t go home because Ebola has wiped out his family

Latest news
Daily Mail confirm Jimmy's story

BBC. The Washington Post. Irish Mirror. The Independent.

From the original The Guardian article :
"Jimmy Thoronka, 20, his country’s number one 100m sprinter, and tipped by some for a big sporting career, disappeared at the end of the Games last August. Along with several other athletes he failed to return to Sierra Leone, and until now his whereabouts had been unclear. But speaking to the Guardian he has described what has happened to him since he vanished.

The homeless youngester also revealed his feelings at discovering the devastation Ebola has wreaked on his family back home, who had adopted him after the death of his birth parents. “I was very excited to be coming to the Games in Glasgow,” he said.

“I saw it as my big chance. I had competed in international competitions before, in Singapore and the Isle of Man, but this was the big one for me.” When he and his team mates left Sierra Leone for Glasgow, some Ebola cases had been confirmed in a few of the villages surrounding Freetown, but the epidemic had not yet taken hold of the capital. The death toll in the country is now more than 3,500 cases.


Thoronka said: “I was hoping to win a medal for my country. But during the Games I got the terrible news that my uncle had died, probably from Ebola. I couldn’t stop crying. It was difficult to continue with competing but I tried to carry on.” Thoronka competed in one 4x100m relay at the games, but failed to win any medals. He was making times of 10.58 seconds for the 100m sprint before the competition."

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/helpjimmyt

About the crowd fund

My name is Richard Dent. I am a PhD student at University of Cambridge. My PhD is about social networking and it's potential to help those in poverty. You can find me on Twitter here:

https://twitter.com/richarddent

Hash tag: #helpjimmyt

Getting the funds to Jimmy
I've spoken to The Guardian journalist Diane Taylor who wrote the article and we are in discussion about the best way to get Jimmy the funds. I will be as transparent as possible about this process in the updates.

Jimmy's legal status in the UK
Jimmy has broken his visa by staying in the UK. For the record I want this fund to support Jimmy regardless of the legal outcome. These funds are for Jimmy if he stays or if he is deported.

He wants to continue his career in athletics - let's support his dream!

Thank you!


Richard

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Update 29
Posted by Richard Dent
6 months ago
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A message from Jimmy.
"I am doing fine. Training with the UEL university athletics team at the moment. Although I am not doing much because of a hamstring injury. I have also finished my ECDL course at the university."
Jimmy

No news about Jimmy's current legal case I'm afriad. We continue to wait and hope.
Richard
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Update 28
Posted by Richard Dent
11 months ago
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Happy new year to everyone. Here is the latest update.

A few weeks ago Jimmy's latest application to stay in the UK was refused by the Home Office. When the decision came back it left open the possibility for an appeal. So we're doing that now. Thanks to you and this crowd fund, Jimmy is able to stay in the UK and train.

He is still working hard and hopes to compete in a competition in a few weeks. He's been training alongside student athletes from University of East London.

This endless waiting game is sadly a familiar story for asylum seekers and visa applicants with non-standard applications. We're all hoping for something to change but its unlikely for the foreseeable future.

As soon as anything changes I'll update you.
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Update 27
Posted by Richard Dent
13 months ago
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Apologies for the lack of updates recently. Out of respect for Jimmy I have refrained from posting to give him a chance to recover from the news in October. We have wanted to keep Jimmy out of the media spotlight so he can remain focused on the next steps.

Jimmy has few options but there is one more legal process he can pursue in the UK. We continue to use the Trust fund for Jimmy's maintenance and legal costs towards obtaining either a student visa or other permit to stay.
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Update 26
Posted by Richard Dent
14 months ago
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Bad news. Jimmy's application to stay and go to university in the UK has been rejected with seemingly no pathway for an appeal. The Guardian reported the story here:

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/video/2015/oct/01/jimmy-thoronka-i-dont-have-any-options-sierra-leone-sprinter-uk-video

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/oct/01/jimmy-thoronka-home-office-rejects-application-uk-sierra-leone

Jimmy will need all the help we can offer him. Please share this news and this page. If you can offer any more direct support please email me at rd459@cam.ac.uk

Thank you.

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Brian Knowlton
20 months ago
5
5

I had a sweet dream last night the government had decreed that only one person could come into the country for one that left. A poll voted in Jimmy Thoronka (the type we need) and voted out Jeremy Clarkson it was a close vote split by a number of so called premiership footballers, politicians and bank directors. Sad it was just a dream. I've been an absolute sod all day.

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Jill Morgan
16 months ago
2
2

Really glad to receive a positive update on Jimmy's situation - that he is being looked after. From the Morgans in Birmingham.

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Anita Lower
17 months ago
2
2

This is so inspiring, well done Richard for persevering in bringing out the best in someone else. Kindness with risks is far better than doing the perfect, right thing.

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Isla Hampson
18 months ago
2
2

Go Jimmy. Don't let ANYONE put you off- believe in yourself! We do. X

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Martha Jean Baker
14 months ago
1
1

My partner and I would be happy to host him. We assume he does not have ebola himself. We live in central London

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Louie Armstrong
18 months ago
1
1

Dear Richard, where is Jimmy now? How is he living & how is his morale? What news about his asylum application? Please update, & let him know he's not forgotten, we care about him. Thank you. from Louie in Edinburgh.

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Kirsty Hunt
19 months ago
1
1

Any update, Richard?

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Pamela Beck
20 months ago
1
1

All Very , Very good wishes to Jimmy. . Never give up. Richard- Many more people like you are needed . I hope you are in it for the long haul. Love Pam

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Mark Fraser
20 months ago
1
1

Fantastic mile stone reaching £30,000 ... major achievement

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Carol Ives
21 months ago
1
1

Dear Jimmy, my condolences on your sad bereavements. I do hope that everything will work out ok for you, and that you will get chance to pursue your athletic career. Dear Richard, thankyou for setting this up so that we can help Jimmy. You are doing a great job, and I and I am looking forward to reading all about your research on the Wiki page you have set up. Love to both, Carol

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Louie Armstrong
21 months ago
1
1

Dear Jimmy, this must be a terrible time for you. Please know that you are not alone - the UK regime is horrible but most UK people are not, we want compassion & justice & we care about you. Wishing you courage & strength in this time of trouble. Dear Richard, you are doing a wonderful job & I salute & respect you. But I don't understand why the money we raised can't be used to help Jimmy's asylum claim? I did think that was the whole point when I donated. I was mistaken, but if that wasn't the case, could you not poll us all to check that we all agree? Maybe I've got the wrong end of the stick, please explain! Best wishes & much respect to you & to Jimmy, from Lou.

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Ioanna Cossack
21 months ago
1
1

It would be wonderful if his family is alive. I'm sorry that folks are attacking him and his circumstance. Don't let it get you down, Jimmy. Keep pushing forward. I don't care what the circumstances are; no one should live like you were having to live, going from place to place, or living on the streets, afraid to go home, unable to go home; there may be a totally different scenario. I don't really care; what I see is a person with a dream, and not a lot otherwise, and i want to help him reach that, and I hope there are still a lot of other people who do as well. May God bless.

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Emma Spence
21 months ago
1
1

I don't see why this campaign cannot support Jimmy & his asylum claim. I hope your asylum claim is successful Jimmy regardless of personal circumstances.

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Anna Taylor
21 months ago
1
1

Richard,dont lose heart,it feels to me that some political cynicism has come into play in Sierra Leone. Jimmy,I do hope adopted mother is alive and you are able to see her again but whatever the outcome please pursue your dreams and don't let the "system" take those dreams away from you.I hope you are now starting to build yourself back up and training again.We continue to follow your story.I hope the truth comes out quickly for your peace of mind and you are able to plan your future using the support donated.

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Claire Skinner
6 months ago

Good to know you are in training Jimmy - hope you get over the hamstring injury soon and all the best.

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Tom Wilding
13 months ago

Jimmy's asylum claim was rejected more than a month ago. In early October you wrote on the campaign’s FB page: “I'll know more next week and keep you all updated.” I am not seeing any update here or on the FB page. Where is Jimmy, and what is happening to the £32,470 which you have raised?

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Raymond Harris
15 months ago

Thank you for this initiative. So glad Jimmy is doing well, thanks to your setting up this account and the support it has been given..

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Gerardo Rodríguez Quiroz
16 months ago

Keep going my brother!

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Mark Fraser
21 months ago

i think the value of setting up the campaign around the athlete training support etc is really sound Richard - regardless of how the confusing information pans out the rationale remains grounded and positive, non political in the best sense of that description, based on welfare and future plans etc. Hopefully it will keep going.

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Gracie MG
21 months ago

These conflicting reports on Jimmy's family are suspiciously timed. Seems to me that there are other parties interested in getting their hands on the donations. I hope that if someone in Jimmy's family is alive that they are able to make contact soon. It's not fair on Jimmy to play god with his life and well being like this.

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£32,805 of £20k goal

Raised by 1,831 people in 21 months
Created March 06, 2015
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£2
David Brown
21 months ago (Offline Donation)

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FS
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Francisco Silva
21 months ago (Offline Donation)

(Via PayPal)

MG
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mark greenwood
21 months ago
MV
£5
Manuela Vogel
21 months ago

get back on the track

IL
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Ida Catharina Larsen
21 months ago

❤️

NB
£5
Niki brownlow
21 months ago
£5
Daniel England
21 months ago
AD
£5
Anthony Davis
21 months ago
TF
£5
Tom Foreman
21 months ago

Get running again soon!

MO
£5
Matt O'Connor
21 months ago
Brian Knowlton
20 months ago
5
5

I had a sweet dream last night the government had decreed that only one person could come into the country for one that left. A poll voted in Jimmy Thoronka (the type we need) and voted out Jeremy Clarkson it was a close vote split by a number of so called premiership footballers, politicians and bank directors. Sad it was just a dream. I've been an absolute sod all day.

+ Read More
Jill Morgan
16 months ago
2
2

Really glad to receive a positive update on Jimmy's situation - that he is being looked after. From the Morgans in Birmingham.

+ Read More
Anita Lower
17 months ago
2
2

This is so inspiring, well done Richard for persevering in bringing out the best in someone else. Kindness with risks is far better than doing the perfect, right thing.

+ Read More
Isla Hampson
18 months ago
2
2

Go Jimmy. Don't let ANYONE put you off- believe in yourself! We do. X

+ Read More
Martha Jean Baker
14 months ago
1
1

My partner and I would be happy to host him. We assume he does not have ebola himself. We live in central London

+ Read More
Louie Armstrong
18 months ago
1
1

Dear Richard, where is Jimmy now? How is he living & how is his morale? What news about his asylum application? Please update, & let him know he's not forgotten, we care about him. Thank you. from Louie in Edinburgh.

+ Read More
Kirsty Hunt
19 months ago
1
1

Any update, Richard?

+ Read More
Pamela Beck
20 months ago
1
1

All Very , Very good wishes to Jimmy. . Never give up. Richard- Many more people like you are needed . I hope you are in it for the long haul. Love Pam

+ Read More
Mark Fraser
20 months ago
1
1

Fantastic mile stone reaching £30,000 ... major achievement

+ Read More
Carol Ives
21 months ago
1
1

Dear Jimmy, my condolences on your sad bereavements. I do hope that everything will work out ok for you, and that you will get chance to pursue your athletic career. Dear Richard, thankyou for setting this up so that we can help Jimmy. You are doing a great job, and I and I am looking forward to reading all about your research on the Wiki page you have set up. Love to both, Carol

+ Read More
Louie Armstrong
21 months ago
1
1

Dear Jimmy, this must be a terrible time for you. Please know that you are not alone - the UK regime is horrible but most UK people are not, we want compassion & justice & we care about you. Wishing you courage & strength in this time of trouble. Dear Richard, you are doing a wonderful job & I salute & respect you. But I don't understand why the money we raised can't be used to help Jimmy's asylum claim? I did think that was the whole point when I donated. I was mistaken, but if that wasn't the case, could you not poll us all to check that we all agree? Maybe I've got the wrong end of the stick, please explain! Best wishes & much respect to you & to Jimmy, from Lou.

+ Read More
Ioanna Cossack
21 months ago
1
1

It would be wonderful if his family is alive. I'm sorry that folks are attacking him and his circumstance. Don't let it get you down, Jimmy. Keep pushing forward. I don't care what the circumstances are; no one should live like you were having to live, going from place to place, or living on the streets, afraid to go home, unable to go home; there may be a totally different scenario. I don't really care; what I see is a person with a dream, and not a lot otherwise, and i want to help him reach that, and I hope there are still a lot of other people who do as well. May God bless.

+ Read More
Emma Spence
21 months ago
1
1

I don't see why this campaign cannot support Jimmy & his asylum claim. I hope your asylum claim is successful Jimmy regardless of personal circumstances.

+ Read More
Anna Taylor
21 months ago
1
1

Richard,dont lose heart,it feels to me that some political cynicism has come into play in Sierra Leone. Jimmy,I do hope adopted mother is alive and you are able to see her again but whatever the outcome please pursue your dreams and don't let the "system" take those dreams away from you.I hope you are now starting to build yourself back up and training again.We continue to follow your story.I hope the truth comes out quickly for your peace of mind and you are able to plan your future using the support donated.

+ Read More
Claire Skinner
6 months ago

Good to know you are in training Jimmy - hope you get over the hamstring injury soon and all the best.

+ Read More
Tom Wilding
13 months ago

Jimmy's asylum claim was rejected more than a month ago. In early October you wrote on the campaign’s FB page: “I'll know more next week and keep you all updated.” I am not seeing any update here or on the FB page. Where is Jimmy, and what is happening to the £32,470 which you have raised?

+ Read More
Raymond Harris
15 months ago

Thank you for this initiative. So glad Jimmy is doing well, thanks to your setting up this account and the support it has been given..

+ Read More
Gerardo Rodríguez Quiroz
16 months ago

Keep going my brother!

+ Read More
Mark Fraser
21 months ago

i think the value of setting up the campaign around the athlete training support etc is really sound Richard - regardless of how the confusing information pans out the rationale remains grounded and positive, non political in the best sense of that description, based on welfare and future plans etc. Hopefully it will keep going.

+ Read More
Gracie MG
21 months ago

These conflicting reports on Jimmy's family are suspiciously timed. Seems to me that there are other parties interested in getting their hands on the donations. I hope that if someone in Jimmy's family is alive that they are able to make contact soon. It's not fair on Jimmy to play god with his life and well being like this.

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