SALT LAKE CITY — A new GoFundMe account looks to support the Elizabeth Smart Foundation.
The new fundraiser looks to support Smart’s foundation to commemorate the premiere of “I Am Elizabeth Smart,” the Lifetime film that will show Smart’s true-life battle after she was kidnapped in 2002.
Created on Nov. 8, the GoFundMe account has raised $2,875 with a $10,000 goal.
The campaign will use the funds to support many of the programs and initiatives that Smart’s foundation has created, including the recently launched SmartTalks program that allows people at college campuses across the country to talk about sexual trauma and its devastating effects.
“I know you will be moved by the film about this remarkable woman,” wrote Dede Lovejoy, the creator of the GoFundMe account who plays Wanda Barzee in the upcoming film. “I hope you will be moved to donate to her fierce and tireless work to help others. I hope you will pass this along to anyone who may want to help combat sexual predators in a tangible, meaningful way.”
Multiple people shared their approval for the account in the comment section on the GoFundMe page.
Commenter Nancy Wagner called it “a worthy cause.”
Smart recently opened up about her new film, in which she worked as a narrator and producer. She told the Deseret News that she ran into her worst nightmare on set, as she stood toe-to-toe with actor Skeet Ulrich, who played her captor, Brian David Mitchell, in the new film.
“I just remember I saw him and it was just kind of like this moment of being taken aback because he looked so much like Brian Mitchell,” she said.
She added, “(Ulrich) was lovely and kind, but it was just so surreal because he looked so much like (Mitchell), but he was just so opposite in mannerism and personality that it was just kind of a parallel world, parallel universe, kind of feeling.”
In October, Smart posted a new video to her Instagram account where she encouraged victims of sexual abuse to speak out so that people can better understand the issue.
“Everyone has a story. Everyone has had something that they’ve gone through, and when you meet people you don’t know that,” Smart said. “So it’s important to look closer so you can better understand them, better understand the world around us.”