How you can support the Kids Like Us Bursary Fund
The role of the Kids Like Us Bursary Board is to further Kids Like Us’ (KLU) ongoing commitment to twice-exceptional students by providing opportunities for less privileged students to obtain care and support and to assist in achieving their goals.
Kids Like Us actively raises funds from the community to be able to provide bursary support to families. We encourage all applicants, friends of Kids Like Us and others, to invite their friends and family to support Kids Like Us fundraising events to ensure there are funds available for other families in need.
We receive many applications to the Bursary Fund, with the fund providing support to approximately 20% of those who benefit from KLU services. Our fundraising target for 2017 is $40,000.
Many of these applications are like Elena‘s, at her wit’s end and seeking support for her son, Neil. Elena has kindly allowed us to show her application, which you can see below.
When I first put my pen to this paper, I really didn’t want to keep writing. I wish I could stop now, and that I could afford to give Neil all the support he needs, but I just can’t.
Neil is my youngest, the third of three, with his siblings aged 13 and 10. Together, we’re a single-parent family. Dad’s not on the scene anymore, and provides little to nothing of money or emotional support towards the kids.
My son was diagnosed some time ago with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), and he’s been struggling constantly at school from the beginning. Over the years, school has become more and more difficult for him, as he struggles with social interaction and his academic studies. At the end of last year, the Principal himself informed me that we were facing complete school refusal.
Completely adrift, I got in touch with Kids Like Us (KLU) to see if there was any way they could help my Neil – advice, programs, anything. Our relationship with school continues to be rough – Neil is incredibly talented in maths and the sciences, but they’ve blocked him from their extended maths program and the gifted program to make him focus on his social and literacy difficulties. Their reason? They don’t want him to ‘define himself by his maths abilities’, in case he doesn’t want to pursue maths in later life.
Neil loves it at KLU – he’s been immersing himself in one of the KLUbs, and at Anne’s recommendation (and Neil’s constant request to attend school at KLU), he’s been taking part in some Maths and Literacy tutoring. I really hope that this can help him, to keep him engaged and to get some satisfaction from his time at school.
Before we came to KLU, Neil was sent to OT (Occupational Therapy) and speech therapy through school, and he never connected with it. The only result I or his teachers could see was that he was becoming increasingly stressed by the sessions. Since he’s been coming to see Anne at KLU, he’s been keen to attend every session – and he’s constantly asking me when he can go back.
I understand that you provide support to many children who need it, and I’d be so grateful if you could lend some assistance to Neil. I’m a single parent doing everything I can for my three children whilst on a single parenting pension, and working every moment that I can. We are holders of a low income earners health care card.
Unfortunately, the funds needed to provide the help that Neil needs are beyond my reach, and the support can’t be funded through government schemes. Because of the level of Neil’s needs, I’m unable to commit to working full time – he requires a lot of emotional support to stay at his strongest, and this significantly cuts into the amount I’m able to earn for our family.
I wouldn’t ask for this if I had any option, but please, if you could use some of the Bursary Fund to help my brilliant boy, I know that he’ll get so much from his time at KLU, and he’ll become the incredible adult I know he can be.
If you would like any further information, please let me know.