GoFundMe pitch for $40,000 sustainable dream home backfires: Kara-Louise Hoppo

Single mother slammed after launching a GoFundMe to ask the public to donate $40,000 to help her build her ‘dream home’: ‘totally shameless’

  • A Northern Territory mother has launched a GoFundMe to buy her ‘dream home’ 
  • Kara Hoppo explained she wanted to get secure accommodation for her children
  • The money would buy and setup three demountable building son a friend’s land

Kara Hoppo has launched a GoFundMe to raise $40,000 to buy her 'dream house'

Kara Hoppo has launched a GoFundMe to raise $40,000 to buy her ‘dream house’

A single mother of four young boys has been slammed online after launching a GoFundMe asking to be gifted $40,000 to build her self-sustainable dream home. 

Kara-Louise Hoppo, who co-founded Free in the NT which held protests during the Covid-19 pandemic, shared her fundraiser on the Darwin Buy Swap Sell page but later removed it after a mixed reception.

‘We are in a bit of a housing predicament and I’m manifesting that we’re going to get out of those permanently this year. I’ve found a way, but I cant do it without help,’ Ms Hoppo wrote to her Facebook.

In her GoFundMe, which has raised $3,451 since launching two days ago, Ms Hoppo explains she is ‘seeking donations to help us buy two demountables, and set up a permanent home on a friend’s block which we will either rent cheap or be able to stay by contributing with help.’

She said the demountable buildings are water-proofed, clad in Colourbond steel and fitted out with electric connections and a small kitchen and bathroom as they were previously used as a temporary home.

The buildings are being sold for $20,000 and Ms Hoppo said she wanted to use the rest of the money to buy a third ‘blank canvas’ demountable, fit it out, transport them all to the build location and set them up. 

She said the family had to move from their current housing for health and safety reasons but she desperately wanted to keep her children in the same school after previously moving around often, and her friend’s block was nearby. 

Ms Hoppo added that she had not had regular work as she had to look after her children but was studying a new age healing course and expected to be able to open a profitable business in the coming months. 

In a follow-up post Ms Hoppo said she has now found a company that builds small ‘pop-out’ affordable homes for $33,000 which she is also now considering.

While many people said Ms Hoppo should 'get a job' a relative defended her saying she is trying to secure dry, permanent accommodation for her children

While many people said Ms Hoppo should ‘get a job’ a relative defended her saying she is trying to secure dry, permanent accommodation for her children

The GoFundMe was shared by local news outlet The Mango Inquirer and received a raft of comments, most of which were unfavourable, labelling the pitch ‘totally shameless’.

‘There are people out there who genuinely need and deserve help, not asking for free rides. Help them instead,’ one person said.

‘The audacity of this! Maybe she should use the same internet to open Seek and get a job like every one else,’ another said.

‘Does she know she has to report the money she gets donated to Centrelink?’ added a third. 

A relative of Ms Hoppo then defended her saying: ‘She is currently living in a leaky shed and is trying to find a solution out of her current predicament for permanent dry accommodation for her children.’

‘She has always helped others whenever possible including arranging and coordinating donations to feed the homeless at Christmas,’ the relative added.


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