Do you remember being tucked into a warm, cosy bed as a child? Hundreds of Victorian children will not experience that feeling this winter.
Wendy* was living with her husband and her daughter Kayley. After her marriage fell apart, Wendy was left with the family home, the mortgage, and no income.
Please donate to help vulnerable children like Kayley stay warm this winter.
Wendy was offered a job in a local business but not long after she fell ill and needed major surgery. She was not able to work for six months.
“I was spending what little money we had on the mortgage and groceries, I simply could not afford to pay the bills,” Wendy recalls.
Wendy’s worst fear came true when their electricity was cut off after she could not make the payment.
“It was the middle of winter and it was freezing. I was too ashamed to go to a friend’s house. I felt like a terrible mother,” Wendy said with sadness.
It was around this time that Wendy reached out to Anglicare Victoria for support. We were able to provide her with urgent emergency relief services.
Our financial counsellor contacted the electricity provider to reconnect the power and negotiate a payment plan. Thanks to donations from the community, we were able to provide Wendy with food and pharmacy vouchers to buy groceries and medications.
Although Wendy and Kayley have started to rebuild their lives, there are many other Victorian families that are not as fortunate.
Please donate by 30 June to help vulnerable children like Kayley stay warm this winter.
* Names and images have been altered. Wendy shared her story with Anglicare Victoria in January 2017