Mum wants a Job!!!
In 2009 I moved to Melbourne with my family to access better medical care for my 15 year old son who has Cerebral Palsy, Microcephaly and Global Developmental Delay. My beautiful boy requires a high level of care so getting work isn’t so easy.
I absolutely want to work and since moving to Melbourne I have applied for multiple jobs, but because I’ve spent most of my working life investing in my children the kind of work available to me is low paid, very insecure and won’t pay enough to meet the needs of my family. Also, as soon as employers hear I have a high needs child and might need to leave at the drop of a hat if his school calls, doors start slamming shut.
I’m not someone who lets life’s challenges stop me from moving forward however, and for the last two years I’ve been working at starting my own printing and signage business making art decals and other related products.
I’ve had a lot of interest in my designs; in fact I’ve been a little overwhelmed by demand. I believe in my products and use only the highest quality materials so they will last. I also have the determination, drive, desire, perseverance and above all, heart to make this business work. The trouble is most people want the designs BIG and my current equipment simply can’t accommodate this.
The machine I need is a printer / cutter called a Roland VS 540i With this machine I will be able to create high quality designs and will mean I won’t need to outsource my work to contractors. It will also offer me the opportunity to triple my output and potentially make a real living for me and my family.
My biggest problem however is the machine costs $13,000 secondhand and with the money I receive from the government to support my kids there’s nothing left over at the end of the week to even start saving for this machine. I’ve been to all the banks and financial institutions and despite all of them agreeing my business plan is brilliant, none will lend money to a single mum, with no credit history and four children to support.
That’s why I’m asking for your help to raise the money I need to buy the machine I need to really get my business off the ground. Every donation makes a difference and will get me closer to making my dream of being able to support my family come true..
Paying it forward
Because I believe making sure the good others do for me continues to do good for others, once my business is up and running and turning a genuine profit I intend to support other struggling families start their own business. I intend to support 5 families by providing each of them with a kit, which will contain a heat press, small vinyl cutter and some vinyl / heat transfers to the value of $1400 so they too can potentially start their own home based business.
If you would like to view my current designs and link up with me on Facebook please click the link
He was diagnosed with a GBM multiform stage 4 brain tumor... prognosis was not good it was terminal
From that moment we never left each other's side the 3 and half months that followed we full on crazy times with treatments and making memories. He was so brave his love and strength right till the end was just who he was his soul was the most beautiful I've ever known he didn't have a bad bone in his body he loved everyone and everyone loved him..
No one ever told him he was dying but he new he would tell me that he was dying and to let him die it was so hard to hold back the tears but it seemed that his dad passing away was in some way was a blessing as he wasn't scared to die he was ok because he new that he would be with his dad.
Sadly on the 10th of November at 7.15 am he got his wings he was surrounded by his brothers & his sister who moved back from China to be with him we had a beautiful team from the children's with us. With his passing he was able to give the gift of sight with the donation of his 2 corneas as I also donated his tumor to research in writing this I hope in some small way it will bring awareness to brain cancer.
In Australia brain cancer kills more children than any other disease and those stats have not changed in over 20 years prognosis after a brain tumor is not good even if they are successful in debulking the whole tumor.
I know I didn't have to update you but you all believed in me and showed me so much support I wanted you all to know that when I am able to think clearly I will return to my business but right now I'm struggling to cope the day he passed he took a part of me with him.
If this touches you in some way please make a donation in his name to Brain cancer research his Name was Nopera Tipene he was special needs and the most beautiful child and mother could ever ask for 29/8/1999 to the 10/ 11/2017
Hope you are all doing well I've been very quite as late as there really isn't anything to report things are so quite it's scary to be honest as we draw close to a year since ACA I thought this would have died down in all honesty but it's been so damaging to my reputation even though I'm nothing like the person ACA portrayed me to be...
My original target of $ 13,000
actually allowed for a quite time if there happened to be one with the printer not printing the heads are going to dry up and that will be $1400 per head to fix (got a quote last week just incase ) so with allowing for the printer to go quite at times that extra would go towards keeping the printer serviced and maintained. However that's not been the case so it's a little scary to say the least.
I've poured my heart and soul into this and I'm still hear fighting till my last breath. ..
It's heart braking really !!!
I'm not asking for anymore money everyone has been so amazing what I am asking for is if you hear of any work going please keep me in mind !!!
Thanks again for all the love and support you have no idea what this has meant and I'm not giving up ever on this my dreams are to important for my family !!!
You are all amazing Thank you all so much Alex
Hi Alex. I can't afford to help out right now, I'm in a similar situation, but I felt I needed to get in touch with you. I'm so sorry for what that program has done to you and your family. I didn't even watch the story, but saw the add for it on FB and emailed them my disgust straight away. I want you to know that you haven't failed, the system has failed you. It's failed all of us single mothers. Best of luck with your venture. Xxx
Hi Alex. My name is Jake and I commend what you are doing, trying to raise the money to start your own business. But why wait until you can buy the machines? I run my own business printing and making Digital Transfers for heat pressing onto shirts. I am based in Queensland and have been doing it for 8 years now. I'm not sure what you are doing at the moment, but I can print and supply the logos for your customers for you to on sell to them ... that's 90% of my business, wholesale work. Just a thought, you can contact me from my website http://www.promoplex.com.au Good luck with it all!
Hi Alex, I've just read your story and shared it on Facebook. I hope since CSMC took up your story, you're getting more help and services that you are in need of. Unfortunately, we're in a similar situation so don't have much in the way of money to donate either. But I hope you are able to raise the funds you need to better your life and that of your kids. ♥
I just came across the atrocity that ACA calls news that was supposed to tell your story...while they are a disgrace to the australian people and what they did to you and your family was disgusting, i was so overjoyed to see you continued to stick to your dreams and that you a press for your business!! While im a single mum of 4 myself trying to start my own business and cannot provide much in the way of financial support i offer my full moral support to you and your family. I know the struggle all too well and wish you the best of luck in your endeavors. With your drive and determination i am sure you will achieve your dreams despite the obstacles youve had to overcome. Keep up the good work!! :)
Hi so sorry to hear what the disgusting heartless media have done to you. Kudos to you for remaining positive and continuing on with your dreams. I shared on facebook and I know that at least one friend reshared and I am so happy to see your funds growing.
Dear Alex I hope this helps. I am appalled at ACA and their lack of journalistic ethics and possibly defammatory but definitely damaging, incorrect coverage of you and your family. Its one of the main reasons I switched off from watching their show. May you have a happy new start and all the support you need. Xxx
https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/silverwater/other-electronics-computers/roland-xc-540-mt-soljet-pro-3/1151114326 found this one hope it helps
There are a lot of businesses that mums at home can do, I started on that is just about changing the way you shop, instead of supermarkets I show people the products and they shop online or by phone if they like it and I get a small commission if they do. All non toxic everyday products we use every single day. PM me if you want more info,, sandi lea on facebook.