Go On. Be A Hero!

Wenchy is a blogger I’ve been reading since I started blogging just over 4 years ago, and our lives have several similarities. We both have an ADHDer son, and for most of the time I’ve read her blog she’s also been a single mom. Like me, her camera goes everywhere with her and we both photograph everything we see! And she and I both fell madly in love with incredible men within a few weeks of each other too! It took us almost 4 years to actually meet face-to-face, and we had to go all the way to Cape Town to do so even though we both live in Joburg!

The issue here is that her Liam needs to go to a remedial high school that can cater for his educational needs like a regular high school can’t.

Just like my Damien did.

Wenchy’s Liam has ADHD, suffers from extreme anxiety, panic attacks and is on medication for depression, concentration and anti-psychotic as he has bouts of hallucinations. A learning disability has also been diagnosed. He is currently in a main stream environment where he is not coping and required remedial assistance on a weekly basis (because she can’t afford more than that). There is a professional who acts as Liam’s “scribe” since he cannot articulate the information he knows into writing, an education psychologist meets with Liam weekly and he attends a psychiatric hospital monthly to oversee his medication… all which she struggles to provide with limited resources.

She’s a marvel and tries really hard with Liam, but she has 2 other kidlets who also need their mommy! Wenchy is very worried about Liam going to high school because there is no way he would cope emotionally, academically or socially. Remedial care has been suggested by more than one professional caring for Liam.

She found a government school which will be able to help with Liam’s needs, and she’s getting all the forms filled in, doctors’ recommendations, etcetera to apply to the school, although I’ve been told there is a long waiting list…

So here’s how you can be a hero.

I am so climbing on the band wagon with this because I- maybe more than most people– can empathise with Wenchy on what her son needs, and I can vouch for the costs of such a school! When I took the knucklehead out of school as of May 1st this year, I was paying just under R2700 a month. That’s R32400 per year- and that was a private school. Trust me bunnies, that’s a helluva lot of money for a single mom.

On another blogger’s prompting, what is happening now is the following.

Firstly, they have opened an account for Liam’s school fund. Secondly, Supermom is an accountant and will manage the money. Then the setting up of a PayPal account is under investigation, and lastly we will be using R100 “notes” to help build Liam’s future. And there are a few ways you might want to get involved too.

There’s Project Sushi

For the blogger who came up with this scheme, R100 is a plate of sushi. She is going to give up one plate of sushi a month and put a debit order of R100 into the fund. That’s R1 200 into the fund for the year. And she has determined to find 5 friends to join her, making 5 x R1 200 = R6 000. Their R6 000 + her R1 200 = R7 200 per year.

Anyone who’s willing to give up a night out a month, or a regular take-out order can do the same!

And there’s Project Thanksgiving

Wenchy has this tradition of Thanksgiving which she started doing years ago, based on the US tradition. You can use her past posts as inspiration, but what it comes down to is that you get to plan whatever party you like, invite your own friends and ask them each to bring R10 with their thanksgiving wish. 10 friends x R10 = R100 per party.

And there’s Project Mistletoe

When you get your Christmas bonus donate R100. Get your friends to do the same! Will you really feel it?

And last but not least, there’s Project Blog

If you have a blog- please tell your readers about this.

If 10 of my readers decide to punt this cause on their blogs, and 2 of the ten decide to support the fund financially that’s R2000 a year. And if 10 of their readers promote Liam’s cause with 2 of each of their readers supporting it financially, that’s R20000 a year!

AND there’s a Facebook group where you can go and get the banking details and such as well, and get your Facebook friends to share the love too.

And if you mention it on Twitter, you can use the #LentforLiam hashtag!

And here are the account details:

Name: LJ Cadger

Bank: Standard Bank

Branch: Norwood

Branch Code: 004105

Account Number: 006867480

Go for it bunnies.

You know you want to.

19 thoughts on “Go On. Be A Hero!

  1. It's good you guys have each other to lean on, your own mini support group it's nice

  2. this is a brilliant idea on all accounts Angel! And i like that you call them all "projects." Curiousity … will it/could it/how do you translate it for the American bloggers wanting to contribute? Is there even just an email (to keep it simple) to direct them to?

  3. GENIUS!!! As a teacher in a country that wants everybody mainstreamed, I can attest to the fact that regular schooling does not have the resources to care properly for all children. Nor is regular education schools always the best place for all kids. GOOD JOB!

  4. acidicice: yeehah!

    Wenchy: you'd do it for me!

    Helen: thank you and baby Liam!

    Tay: yay!

    Glugster: MWA

    justBcoz: woot!

    Malicious Intent: its amazing how we can pull together innit?

    Anonymous: the hallucinations are not part of his ADHD, but a high percentage of ADHDers have co-morbid conditions like depression, anxiety disorder and conduct disorder.

    Simply-Mel: I'm finding out about a button.

    Gill: it gives me hope for out planet!

    Shayne: my pleasure!

    Meriel: you two said it so nicely- I couldn't have done much better so I edited instead! I dunno how to make buttons… otherwise I would!

  5. Stunning post – you write so nicely (ok you edit nicely).

    If you want to donate a cupcake thingie for everyone's tracking that would be awesome.

  6. hey, just stalking your blog for possible pledgers for Wenchy – thanks for the mention.

  7. Isn't it wonderful how the SA Bloggers are coming together on this one!! Fan-blooming-tastic!! Yay us!

  8. Yeah, am in for sure. Am sure a button would be good for us to post on our blogs. Am happy to do that too.

  9. is it just ADHD or something else, I haven't heard of ADHD children suffering hallucinations, this sounds quite serious and uncommon? shame I know it must be extremely stressful and heart-breaking, good luck to the mother. Just for my own curiosity can you clarify his disorder.

    As for paypal, I enquired a couple years ago and they said south africans can only send money via paypal but can't have a paypal account to receive money….

  10. I think you should make up a graphic that folks can put on their blogs and link back here to so they can promote it. Maybe a cupcake? 🙂
    A red velvet cupcake?? wink wink.
    I certainly would promote it…obviously just about everyone else here would too.

    I am always game to promote a cause near and dear to my heart such as this. I was a single mommy also for 4 years, so that makes it even more near and dear to my heart…I feel the sisters pain and understand the struggles all to well!

    Bravo to all of you and your friends!

  11. Hi Angel,
    I'm pregnant with a little boy we have already named Liam. On pay day (15th) I will make a deposit from one Liam to another.
    God Bless
    Helen

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