Help Riley Get Home

51937754_1602858919290671_r.jpegWhen I moved to the UK just under two years ago from my home country Australia - there were so many parts of my journey overseas that I never envisaged happening at the beginning. The most important part of my plunge into the world of overseas travel, and certainly the least expected, was me falling madly in love with an amazing, beautiful Polish girl named Amanda. Amanda and I met when we were both door-to-door fundraisers for the UK’s largest youth homeless Charity in the middle of 2019, and our story has been characterised mainly by our work together - raising vital funds on peoples’ doorsteps to get homeless young people into a room of their own - which I did for the better part of 2 years, and Amanda a year and a half. The both of us were able to raise a combined projected total of just over £700,000 for the Charity we were representing - which as you can imagine we are immensely proud of. Never did we think the time would come where we needed to set up our own fundraiser!
Aside from our rewarding times together at work, we have travelled to Poland to see Amanda’s family that she lives away from on, and have loved every second our time living together in the UK - inseparable for all of it.

As the global crisis that has been this year has happened, our futures together and apart have been brought to a very scary standstill. Now without work, and as my Visa and time in the UK come to an end in December, I will have no choice but to fly back to Australia without Amanda. As it stands, international borders in Australia are closed and may potentially be for all of next year, leaving Amanda and I with no end in sight as to when we might see each otheragain. Alongside the stress of feeling as though the world is tearing me away from the most important person in my life, I will have to come up with thousands of dollars in flight costs - as well as thousands of dollars in my own quarantine fees when I land in Australia - all to leave my soulmate waving goodbye to me at an airport terminal. I will also be seeing all my closest family for the first time in two years - which is really the only silver lining in an otherwise upsetting circumstance.

Now I know there are millions of people around the world today in much worse situations, and Amanda and I are trying really hard to keep that perspective as every day passes and that goodbye looms that little bit closer. So as such, I am certainly not asking for a sympathy vote of any kind - and am just grateful really that you’re taking the time to get a glimpse of our little love story. Any donations towards our target goal will be used to get myself back home and quarantined to see my family again, and everything else will be put towards an effort to finally get Amanda over with me or get myself back to the UK on another extremely expensive visa/flight combination. So it’s true what they say, Love really does do crazy things to you and put you in even crazier situations.
Thank you so so much in advance, Peace and Love to all.



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