Hey, my name is Anne. I’m 31 and , to be honest, I never thought I’d do something like this.
Before you roll your eyes (I hope you don’t), hear me out:
I’ve always loved earning my own money. Some jobs I’ve hated, others (like the one I’m currently doing) I’ve loved.
When I started university I had the dream of becoming a writer and editor. I studied literature and creative writing with a passion. I’m a language nerd and I love learning.
What I love m most, though, is my little brother.
He’s 19 years old by now, but I still remember seeing him for the first time when he was born in the 26th week of pregnancy and we didn’t know if he would make it through the night.
He looked like a baby bird that had fallen out of its nest, no feathers, no fat, just skin over bones. But he was beautiful and he was ours. And I knew that first second that I would do anything to protect him and care for him.
And I did. I was there through his violent father’s tantrums. I was there in the months when our mother was hospitalised for severe depression.
And I was there when life started to get better, when despite his disabilities he finally got the chance to visit some classes in a regular school and learn English. I was there when he discovered his passion for film making.
But most of all, we were both there for each other through everything, mentally and physically, but most importantly - emotionally!
I had to drop out of Uni to take care of him and our mother and I have managed. We have gotten by. I managed to work and care for us and what little we have is enough for us. Of course, there are always things we would love to have or do, but can’t due to lack of money, but we don’t mind that much.
Now though, I’m at an impasse. I’m losing my car in June and have to get together a downpayment for another car. I can afford the monthly instalments. I’ve been doing it for the past 4 years. But I can’t see a way to get the downpayment until June.
If I can’t get the down payment, I can’t get the car and I won’t be able to work my job anymore. I’ll have to fall back on unemployment help and they will be able to force me to work any job, even those that will make it impossible to care for my brother.
Some people will probably tell me to get another job. One I can do without a car - at least while I save up for one. But we live in a rural area. There are not many jobs here. And no jobs that allow my flexible hours - when my brother is taken care of and I don’t have to worry about him - a job where I can take him with me if all else fails.
I know that it’s a lot of money and I would never ask any *one* person for that kind of money, but if a lot of people pitch in I have a chance of getting some of that money together. Maybe not all of it. I will do my best to save anything that I can.
But every little thing helps.
I know there are philanthropists out there who want to help. I am a philanthropist and I’ve helped in the past when I could.
But today *I* need help. I will pay anything forward whenever I can.
And I will personally thank every single person who can help me out.
If you made it this far and find you cannot help - thank you anyway, for reading this and giving me some of your precious time.
PS: In case anyone is offended by the not so cheap headphones my brother is wearing in some photos - he is autistic and those are noise canceling headphones that allow him to be out in loud and crowded areas. It’s the only pair he can wear that still allows him to carry a conversation and he’s had them for years. Please don’t judge, we’ve been working really hard to help him in any way society can’t.