A few weeks ago the rental home of our dear sister, friend and neighbour – Shirley – and her two little boys – was broken into. The thieves stole Shirley’s lifeline – a $16,000 inheritence in cash that her mum had left herr which was in the house. Shirley is devastated as she was so close to her mum who wanted her to have this money to safeguard the future of Shirley and her boys.
Shirley is such a lovely person and a comment she made following the robbery struck me to the core. Shirley said this is such a life changing amount of money that she hopes whoever stole it was desperately in need of it and that it changes their life. That sums up what a kind and caring person Shirley is. She has brought up her two young boys beautifully – they instantly offered to give mum their Christmas money that they had been saving all year. -
Please read Shirley’s story and help if you can….
Nearly 12 years ago I fell pregnant with my first child, during this time one of my most favorite people in the world – my dear Dad - was diagnosed with a serious illness and passed away. He was so precious to me and I felt so lost but continued to be a rock for my Mum who was now alone and had to learn so many skills for herself because my Dad dedicated his life to her.
With the struggle of losing Dad and knowing I had a newborn on the way I somehow managed to get through.
I married my partner when my son was 2 years old and we soon had another addition to our family. I know many people say this but my family is very, very close. Being the youngest child I am the one that my family see as the rock due to my ability to be the strength in the family. I believe my sense of family is built on trust and loyalty to those that are close to me.
With our support my Mum was doing well, until 4 years ago when tragedy struck and we lost my beautiful Mother to pneumonia. My world fell apart. I had a young family and felt like I couldn't hold it together. With this happening the one person who people would think would be there, wasn't - my husband. Apparently he couldn't cope with it all and it became very apparent to me when my eldest child, who was 6 at the time, was the one who was comforting me. Even though I told my husband I wasn't coping he seemed unable to help me. To further my devastation he decided to leave and I was forced to sell the family home – gaining nothing from the sale - and move into a rental property with my boys.
Two weeks ago someone broke into our rental house. This person or persons must have thought all their Christmases had come at once, as hidden in my house was the remainder of my inheritance from my parents $16 000.00! Gone!!
So now on top of losing my beautiful parents, the breakup of my marriage, I have now lost this extra security that was to go towards my children’s education. I can only hope the person who has done this, must need this money more than I do.
I believe that we, my beautiful children and I can somehow move forward. It will now be a bit harder but with the support of my family I am trying to believe we will be okay.