A charitable campaign are on the verge of raising tens of thousands for the Unpaid Fyre Festival staff who lost their life savings because of the event.
A GoFundMe campaign was launched by Bahamian restaurant worker Maryann Rolle who has had her life severely affected by the disastrous event.
The planned music festival, which was scheduled to take place on the Bahamian island of Great Exuma over two weekends in April and May 2017, was uncovered as a fraudulent mess which resulted in founder Billy McFarland being sent to prison.
With horrendous planning, the event collapsed due to extensive problems related to security, food, accommodations and artist relations. Despite festival goers having already attended, the event was postponed on the spot with those people left stranded with makeshift tents and pre-packed sandwiches. What ensued was eight lawsuits with one seeking damages in excess of $100 million.
However, Fyre Festival staff like Maryann Rolle have been left to struggle following the event. Speaking in the new Netflix documentary which explored the disastrous festival, Rolle said that she lost $50,000 (£39,000) of her life savings in an attempt to prepare food for the event.
Now desperate, Rolle launched a GoFundMe in a bid to turn her life back around: “As I make this plea it’s hard to believe and embarrassing to admit that I was not paid…I was left in a big hole! My life was changed forever, and my credit was ruined by Fyre Fest,” she wrote on the site.
“My only resource today is to appeal for help.
“There is an old saying that goes ‘bad publicity is better than no publicity’ and I pray that whoever reads this plea is able to assist.”