WHY AM I FUNDRAISING?
Hello potential donors. This fundraiser is to try to help my friend's son, Zachary...also known as Ziggy get back into education. Due to a series of unfortunate circumstances, his mum found herself unable to keep up with payments of his school fees and the school took the decision to withdraw Ziggy from the school that he had worked hard to get into and where he was happy and thriving academically, in music and in sport. Ziggy has a chance to get his place back at the school provided the current arrears and also next year's fees are paid off and this is why I am asking if people could please help by donating any amount they can, even as little as £1 or $1.
WHO IS ZIGGY AND WHY DOES HE NEED YOUR HELP?
Ziggy is a 13-year old boy who was lucky enough to have passed the entrance exams to get into one of the best schools in England. As a child from an ethnic minority background, he helped to add some diversity to the school, but more importantly, this was a personal triumph which would see him being given the best chance at securing a promising future. Ziggy is very bright and has always had a natural aptitude for learning. He is also very good at sport and music. His school reports never fail to mention what a happy, smiley, child he is - popular with his peers and with a solid and supportive network of friends. However, with the loss of his place at the school, he has become a very different person. He has become very withdrawn and has lost his enthusiasm for learning. He was never bullied at his old school, but he is now in an environment where he's exposed to all kinds of intolerance and bullying. You can see the impact it has had on him. He no longer has the opportunity to do team sports or continue with his music - areas he had excelled at. Losing this valuable chance of achieving academic success and to be out of the environment that brought the best out of him is sad and regrettable. His whole future could be impacted negatively and for this reason we would like to try and get him back to where he was provided with the opportunity to reach his true and full potential.
FEARS FOR ZIGGY'S MENTAL HEALTH.
We are also beginning to fear for Ziggy's mental wellbeing. The change in his life has been so sudden and dramatic, he has found it difficult to adjust and he seems low and depressed. He is no longer as communicative as he was before and has no enthusiasm for anything. His friends from his previous school have stuck by him, but it is proving to be bitter-sweet because while they try to cheer him up, they're also a reminder of the school and opportunities he no longer has. His reluctance to go outdoors and his sullen demeanor have become a cause for concern.
THE IMPACT OF YOUR DONATIONS.
Your donations would help get Ziggy back into his old school. The impact on him would be enormous - i.e. given the chance to be back in an environment where he was not only at his happiest, but also where he was given the instruments to reach his full academic potential. It would restore his confidence and prevent the downward spiral that he is on. It would change the course of his future. Giving Ziggy the chance to get back to his old school seems like the easiest way to fix the broken boy he has become. His future could be so much more positively impacted and we would like to help him before it's too late. Ziggy is a very talented and capable child. It would be a shame for him to lose it all. I also believe in the CHRISTINE ATKINS QUOTE: " Anything that helps and opens an avenue ….should be encouraged." Getting back to his old school would re-open the path to a good education and close the door to an uncertain future in an environment where knife crime and violence among the youth has become normailsed.
DONATIONS THROUGH PAYPAL.
If you are happy to donate, could I ask you to please donate any amount you can, even if it is a dollar or a pound? Every little helps and will be gratefully appreciated. Donating through PayPal offers Dru the easiest and quickest access to funds, allowing her to pay the school urgently. The school have asked for immediate payment and I can't think of any other way to try and raise funds quickly than through crowdfunding.
IF YOU NEED TO SEE PROOF.
For any potential donors who wish to see some proof of previous school reports, invoices, correspondence , etc, that supports Ziggy's (Zack's) story, please email me using the contact facility on this fundraising page. Dru is reluctant to share her son’s private and sensitive information on a public forum, but she has given me permission to share some documents as proof of her son's current situation to any serious potential donors. She really needs all the help she can get, but she is also desperate to protect her son as much as she can.
I would like to thank you for taking the time to read this post and thank you in advance for your kind donations. Even if unable to donate, kind wishes and positive wishes directed our way would be most appreciated. I will post updates for anyone who is interested in tracking our progress. Thank you.