"I just want to be a tax payer"
Shannon has just been accepted into the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) for a Bachelor of Contemporary Performance via an audition and examination process. His course starts in early 2016.
Shannon also has Cerebral Palsy, Chronic Anxiety and Asthma.
Shannon’s family life hasn’t been easy. The family live in public housing in the Illawarra. Shannon has a younger brother who has a severe degenerative disability, his Father cares for him fulltime.
Shannon began playing the piano four years ago. His music is a blessing for Shannon both physically and mentally. It has eased the cerebral palsy related pain in his fingers and arms as well as providing him with his own escape from his day-to-day challenges.
It has been Shannon’s dream to study music at AIM in Sydney, get a job, be a tax payer and not a welfare recipient for the rest of his life. But he needs help.
Shannon is unable to commute to Sydney for his course. To do this would be a 4 hour round trip on public transport. Shannon tires easily and suffers severe pain from cramps.
He needs to relocate to accessible accommodation near Surry Hills in Sydney.
Shannon needs to commit to accommodation, pay a deposit and sign a lease as soon as possible. Many of the rooms he was looking at are already taken. The rent is very expensive in inner Sydney and very competitive amongst the student population. Shannon’s family is very proud and fully supportive of his achievements and goals. Unfortunately they cannot financially assist him.
Shannon is asking for donations of any kind to help him relocate to Sydney to a safe property with wheelchair access and within a short distance to his new school.
Please watch the video to see Shannon perform and listen to what your support would mean see him.
Shannon’s friends and family thank you for your support.
See the segment on the 'Support Shannon Neeson' facebook page.
Airing - Thursday 10th Dec from 7pm.
I am so glad I watched your clip tonight x so inspiring and I really hope you realise your dream but I don't think you have anything to worry about xx
You are an inspiration. My son has dyspraxia and issues with his pencil grip. He also would like to play guitar but im thinking piano is the better option too. Wishing you all the best and I hope to see you playing at the opera house one day!.
This is from me and Steve ... All the best and we're so proud of you! Don't stop ... Hopefully this helps!!! I'll share so others can support your dream!!!