Most lupies find the economics of illness kicks in at some time. We have decreased capacity to work and earn income, and increased expenses with doctors, medications, etc.
A few years ago, just as I went from employment to a disability pension, my rent was increased to an amount more than my income. I didn't know how I was going to survive or how I could provide a home for my children. Some wonderful friends helped me out. I still don't know what I would have done without them.
Now, I'd like to ask you to help me help someone else who is in a dire situation.
Lovely lupie Ruby is in the USA (where doctors and medications are not subsidised by the government in the way they are here.)
I've been talking with Ruby on line for a while now, and I really don't know how this amazing lady keeps going.
As I write this, she has not had running water for four months. She's been collecting water from a neighbour's place, and the taking it home. The neighbour has now moved, and she just has the water she's already got stored.
She needs a water pipe fixed, and to pay for reconnection. She has a number of other needs to care for herself and her children, but this one is both very important, and urgent.
I think if everyone who reads this blog could give five dollars, we could get Ruby running water again. (If you're also in a terrible financial position, don't make it worse by contributing - only give money if you can.)
Because it's urgent, let's make the cut-off for this really soon.
So send me a fiver if you can, and whatever money I've collected by the 10th of November, I will pass on to Ruby. Let's see what we can achieve in three days.
It's just been pointed out to me that this counts as a fundraising appeal under Queensland law, which means I can't ask you for money for me to give Ruby. I will give her the $30(Aus) I've already received, and a gift from myself, and suggest she set up a page on gofundme or something similar. If she does, I will share the link with you.
I had been thinking in terms of a group of people just getting together to give someone a gift they really needed - but it's clearly not that simple.
To the two people who have already given money thank you so much and I have passed that on to Ruby now.
New update: Ruby's gofundme campaign. https://www.gofundme.com/py95k69h