My name is Brad Pickersgill, of Brisbane, Australia. I have two beautiful daughters, Lily (16) and Paige (13) who are currently attending senior school in Brisbane. They have attended the school since pre-school. Lily is entering Year 11 this year and Paige entering Year 8.
As a family, we have always prioritized our children's education above all else, and for the most part have been able to keep up with the associated school fees.
Unfortunately, 18 months ago, their mother was diagnosed with severe clinical depression, and has been in and out of hospital ever since. We relied heavily on a second income to support the girls' educational costs, and with her being unable to work and still unwell and undergoing treatment in hospital, we have been unable to service these fees in 2020.
The school has been extremely understanding, but unfortunately I have reached the point where I have no alternative but to reach out via this platform.
I have been asked why I simply don't move them to a state school, and whilst I have considered this option as a last resort, I still have a backlog of outstanding fees from 2020 to pay out. Additionally, my eldest daughter is about to embark on her senior studies, and moving schools at this critical juncture would severely impact on her. Lastly, my youngest daughter has ADHD and an associated anxiety disorder and this would also impact her health quite significantly.
I can guarantee that all donations will be 100% contributed directly to the school tuition account, and I will be happy to provide evidence of such.
- Matt Schneider
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