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
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
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 Code: 004105
Account Number: 006867480
Go for it bunnies.
You know you want to.