The Francistown LGBTIQ support group, also known as United Souls staged a car was early this month as part of their fundraising process. Speaking to the Peer Educator of the group, Wandi Oh, she said that the money raised will be used to help the group and its members to empower themselves. They aim to be financially independent thus enabling them to help out some of their members. The aim of the car was to raise funds for the support group as they intend to set up an account that where they keep money. These monies will be used to help the support group members when there is a case of emergency. For example, if one of the support group members has been kicked out of their homes by family because of their sexual orientation than these funds will be used to help them. It can also be used by members as a loan to help set up small businesses that will help to empower them financially. The support group feel that it is time that they start empowering and building the support group financially and do not exclusively rely on the LEGABIBO office for financial assistance. The carwash was a start for their fund raising and they hope that they will have a carwash once every month. The car wash was tagged ‘Rainbow Explosion Car Wash’. The support group members also took this as an opportunity to raise awareness and educate the public about the LGBTIQ community. Most of the owners of the cars who brought their cars claimed that they have no problems with homosexuals. The rest did not have much knowledge and were eager to learn more. The Francistown culture is generally very much against homosexuality. The town is very cultured and religious as well, and both of these elements play against the LGBTIQ community in Francistown.