Hi beautiful people, My Name is Jo. Im an Irish girl living in Australia almost 6 years now. I must stress that this is NOT something I'd normally do, actually I feel a little sick to my stomach and nervous writing this but at this stage I just need to swallow my pride and actually ask for help, so here it go's. I'll try keep this short and sweet.
I was born to a young single mum back in the 80's as you can imagine being from a large Catholic family in Ireland it wasn't the best of times to have a baby out of wed lock.
I never knew my Dad, he saw me once when I was 3 years old and I can still remember it, I was so happy to finally see and meet my Daddy like everyone else had and now it was my turn, but it didnt last. That was the one and only time he and I saw each other and spent any time together, he left and never came back. Because of this my beautiful loving Mum became extremely hurt and heartbroken, she somehow developed M.E an illness that the doctors had no idea what it was back then. She went into a dark place. My Mum has always looked after me the best she could but because of those events they were hard times.
I lived with my Granny and Grandad since I was born. My grandparents had 12 kids WOW I know. They all became my family, my uncles and aunties became my brothers and sisters.
When I was 13 years old, my Mum moved away. My Granny became my guardian. My Grandad passed away when I was 15 years old as I held his hand he slipped away. From that day on, life as I knew it would change forever. We moved to a different town, different school etc.. This was the 2nd time I moved to new beginnings but this time it was just Me and Granny. I was a teenager in the care of my Granny. It was hard times, we had nothing but my Granny managed to get us threw.
From the year 2000 til 2015, my dear old Grandad, 3 uncles and one Auntie passed away from Cancer, all of which I was quite close to. My Granny has been so strong threw all the heartache still raising me, seeing me threw school, college and all my needs of that time. She has always looked after me in so many ways, there's not enough words to describe how much this beautiful woman means to me. She is now 92 years old and still going strong and STILL looking out for me, but I just cant ask my Gran for anymore help, shes already done more than enough for me, even with nothing she still is trying to save her old age pension to help me.
Which has brought me to do this... As I said at the beginning Im living in Australia almost 6 year's now and it's been amazing but also tough. Ive always worked and paid tax. I got my 1st and 2nd year visas myself, when it came to my 3rd year I got it with my partner at the time, although that relationship didn't work out, I managed to get a sponsorship and continue my life here in Australia but this year the government has made big changes to visas and Permanent Residence(PR).
My goal is to get my PR. It has taken so long to get where I am today I've worked so hard, full time job and full time study (Oncology). All with heartbreak and pain along the way to only find out that from all these changes to the PR and visa (that Im currently on) after all my hard work I wont be eligible for PR, I was told I had to find another way and so i did. Im not a person to give up, Im strong and a fighter like my Granny.
For me to finally get my PR here in Australia I've had to get another kind of visa which Im doing right now and this is where YOU lovely people come in.
This visa is $7000 and Im doing my very best to earn and save the money myself but I've come to the realization that I need help and my beautiful Granny is trying to help me as she ALWAYS does by saving her old age pension.
I wanted to give you guys a little bit of background information about myself and my Granny before I kindly asked for help.
Sometimes its better asking for help from a stranger although I've never done this before I am somewhat reluctant to do it now. I guess Im afraid of rejection... but I guess everyone is afraid of that in some way shape or form.
I guess theres nothing more for me to say... Only Please PLEASE help me raise some money so I can get this visa/PR and finally give something back to my wonderful Granny and Mum.
Thank you so much
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