It’s just over one month to go now till this year’s Weight Stigma Conference in Leeds, UK, and we are still trying to reach our crowdfunding goal for the Bursary Fund.
As many of you know, this conference started in 2013 and we have always done our best to keep prices as low as possible. Although we’re much bigger than we were, and it’s not £15 any more, we work on a break-even basis to keep things as financially viable for as many people as possible. This means we don’t have a lot of cash to pay for financial assistance. Instead, we seek out sponsorship (huge should out to our amazing present and past sponsors). And for the last few years we have also tried to crowdfund some money for bursaries. So far this year, we have enough for five bursaries (equivalent to free registration), plus one travel grant donated one of our amazing delegates, who included a $500 donation in her funding request for her own travel and was awarded it. But we still need 3 to 5 more bursaries (about £600) and there isn’t much time left.
Thank you to those of you who have already donated, either this year or in the past. If you haven’t, and could spare even a little, we have a GoFundMe page at: https://www.gofundme.com/stigmaconf2018
ALL donations and social media shares are very much appreciated. If you are attending this year and haven’t registered yet, you can make a donation at registration. (Also, get on with it already!!)
All of this money is ring-fenced to provide financial assistance to those who need it to attend, with priority given to people who have been accepted to present their work. We want to make this conference, and this field, accessible to more people.
We are also still seeking sponsorship. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in taking out sponsorship of the WSC for your business. In addition to delegates at the event, we have very good traffic on our website. We can provide more details and work out a sponsorship package to suit any business.
Finally, if you’re thinking of attending and/or presenting there’s still a few days for submission of poster abstracts. Visit the website: stigmaconference.com for more information.
Thank you again for helping us make this happen.
Hope to see you there!