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Please help Troy Calvey-Wilensky stay at school

Please help Troy Calvey-Wilensky stay at school

Personal message

Dear family and friends

It's taken me a lot of courage to do this....

As you know Troy is a miracle. He was born a micro-prem 15 years ago, weighing 780g. I was just 6 months pregnant when he chose to appear on this earth. He spent 4 months in ICU before coming home.

Troy is Autistic. He is also bright and funny, caring and quirky, destructive and loving.

School has been very challenging, he was bullied and really struggled in class. The teachers were lovely but not trained for special needs. There is a difference between remedial and special needs, and Troy needed something extra special.

Then we found the Glenoaks Academy.

It's a different kind of special needs school.  They do not do matric or the usual subjects, it is a vocational academy where they learn skills. Each kid is encouraged in their area of interest and from year 2, they do work experience.

By the time they leave, they have a trade, experience, and super knowledge of how to act in the real world.  

Troy is high functioning and his challenges are normal everyday life. Each day with him is a complete joy and also some sadness. What will happen when I'm no longer here to look after him?

Glenoaks Academy is giving him the opportunity to live a normal life and have a future where can take care of himself. The school fees are astronomical (R168 000 per year) and as I single full-time working mom it is unaffordable. Last year, through a charity organisation, the company I work for generously subsidized half the tuition fees. This year it wasn't an option. We were also able to claim tax disability but now SARS has changed the law.

I have been paying Troy's private school fees on my own since the beginning but as Glenoaks is so specialized, the fees have doubled. I do still pay a huge chunk but it is not enough. He has 4 years left. I'm hoping to secure funds for the rest of the school year (R84 000) and 2 years going forward, which amounts to R420 000 in total. That together with my contribution will have us covered.

He still struggles, still gets bullied, still has anxiety but has found a place where he is accepted for who he is. Please help Troy stay at this amazing school, he fought for his life and we continue fighting, every single day.

Thank you, with love

Gila

 

Donations

  • Aug 02, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "With love " - Corinne

  • Aug 02, 2021 - USD $ 136.87
  • "Wishing you all well. " - J & J

  • Jul 21, 2021 - R 1 570.00
  • "For Troy and GIla and their radiant future - two amazing special Beings XX" - SueC

  • Jul 15, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "This is for a brave boy and I hope it makes him braver" - Anonymous

  • Jul 05, 2021 - USD $ 35.12
  • "Best wishes for Troy" - Tanya Smollan

  • Jul 03, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Good luck " - Anonymous

  • Jul 03, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "Much love to you both ." - Lisa and Harley

  • Jul 02, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "

    Sending love!

    " - Shira

  • Jul 01, 2021 - USD $ 28.02
  • "You and your son are absolutely amazing! Wishing you nothing but love, happiness and the best everything has to offer." - Natasha

  • Jul 01, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "We love you Troy " - Nikki , Alex, Eva Rose & Izzy

  • Jul 01, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Best wishes Gila and Troy. " - Hazel & Dudley Rubin

  • Jun 30, 2021 - USD $ 45.00
  • "Here is to Troy living his best life ️" - anonymous

  • Jun 30, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "From one special needs mama to another - you got this!!!" - Terry

  • Jun 30, 2021 - USD $ 69.67
  • "Go Troy! Love from Australia. " - Hadass Segal

  • Jun 30, 2021 - R 3 500.00
  • "

    All the Best Troy!

    " - Pierre Vienings

  • Jun 30, 2021 - USD $ 34.83
  • "Love to you both x" - Paul Rubin

  • Jun 30, 2021 - USD $ 348.33
  • "Gi, you are an amazing mom. Sending love from New Zealand xx" - Nadine Rubin Nathan

  • Jun 29, 2021 - USD $ 70.12
  • "TRoy Gila - well done to you for your positive journey> wishing you more and keep going forwards" - RL

  • Jun 29, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    Keep reaching for the stars

    " - Anonymous

  • Jun 29, 2021 - USD $ 35.32
  • "Wishing Troy success and happiness" - Lauren Freeman

  • Jun 28, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "COURAGE IS A GIFT, LET HOPE ALWAYS FOLLOW THIS CAUSE, MAY TROY BECOME WHAT HIS HEART DESIRES." - Bathoni.

  • Jun 28, 2021 - USD $ 35.32
  • "Best wishes to you Gila and Troy’s journey " - Barry Saidel

  • Jun 28, 2021 - USD $ 247.24
  • "Sending lots of love from us. " - Karen and Anthony Sobel

  • Jun 28, 2021 - USD $ 70.64
  • "Sending all my love ️" - Lisa Mellet

  • Jun 28, 2021 - USD $ 36.10
  • "With love from one of Lauren’s long time BFFs from our kibbutz days. " - Joan Cohen

  • Jun 28, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "With love and hope that you reach your target swiftly" - Andy MacArthur

  • Jun 28, 2021 - USD $ 17.66
  • "Sending love and think you are awesome " - Caryl Heilig

  • Jun 28, 2021 - USD $ 105.96
  • "We love you both so much" - Sharon & Brett

  • Jun 24, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Best of luck Troy and Gila!" - Anonymous

  • Jun 24, 2021 - R 5 000.00
  • "Lots of love to you both" - Rosemary

  • Jun 22, 2021 - R 540.00
  • "Wishing you love and luck " - Jonny and Mandy

  • Jun 22, 2021 - R 7 500.00
  • "with love xx" - Sheryl and Al (and Sid)

  • Jun 21, 2021 - USD $ 500.00
  • "We love you Xoxo" - M&M

  • Jun 18, 2021 - R 360.00
  • "

    Wishing you all the best.

    " - Anonymous

  • Jun 18, 2021 - R 5 000.00
  • "

    Love you both so so much

    " - Anon

  • Jun 17, 2021 - R 180.00
  • "Strength to you on this journey." - Debbie

  • Jun 17, 2021 - R 1 800.00
  • "You have always been a special friend to me. Thank you" - Jay Berger

  • Jun 17, 2021 - USD $ 71.33
  • "Thinking of You " - Rafaella Bricker

  • Jun 17, 2021 - USD $ 356.67
  • "Thinking of You " - Kaj and Gloria Katz

  • Jun 17, 2021 - R 180.00
  • "Best of luck Gila and Troy x" - Vanessa Weltman

  • Jun 16, 2021 - R 1 500.00
  • "Much love to both you and Troy" - Fran and Giulio

  • Jun 16, 2021 - R 360.00
  • "Good luck Troy. You are amazing and your mom is a treasure. " - Dani

  • Jun 16, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "My shul buddy you and your mom are so loved by us all. Hope you reach your target Gila you're a society special mom xx" - Adele + Gary

  • Jun 16, 2021 - USD $ 1 000.00
  • "Thinking of you. You are a mountain of strength" - Paul & Ruth Hirner

  • Jun 16, 2021 - USD $ 363.01
  • "Sending so much love and admiration. " - TroyBoy's FanGirl

  • Jun 16, 2021 - R 10 000.00
  • "Sending love" - Barry Levin and family

  • Jun 16, 2021 - USD $ 36.30
  • "Sending luv xx" - Nadine Shainfeld

  • Jun 16, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Good Luck!" - Ashleigh Caradas

  • Jun 16, 2021 - R 5 000.00
  • "Sending lots of love " - David, Denise, Richard, Neany and families

  • Jun 16, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Good luck Troy! You are amazing " - Janice Pearlman

  • Jun 16, 2021 - USD $ 199.66
  • "Good luck Troy with love" - Anonymous

  • Jun 16, 2021 - R 1 800.00
  • "Good luck!" - Anonymous

  • Jun 16, 2021 - R 9 000.00
  • "Thanks to Zav" - Jakes - via Zav

  • Jun 16, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "" - So happy

  • Jun 16, 2021 - USD $ 72.60
  • "Sending so much love" - Doriane

  • Jun 16, 2021 - USD $ 75.00
  • "Love you Gi" - Gabe

  • Jun 16, 2021 - USD $ 363.01
  • "Good luck!" - anonymous

  • Jun 16, 2021 - USD $ 20.00
  • "Good luck" - Anon

  • Jun 16, 2021 - USD $ 5 082.13
  • "Good luck" - Anonymous

  • Jun 16, 2021 - USD $ 50.82
  • "Lots of love xx" - Lori

  • Jun 16, 2021 - USD $ 72.60
  • "God bless " - Rene

  • Jun 16, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck! " - Anonymous

  • Jun 16, 2021 - USD $ 1 633.54
  • "For Troy" - Anonymous

  • Jun 16, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Wishing all the best for you and your son ! " - Caron

  • Jun 16, 2021 - R 360.00
  • "From fellow premie parents " - Bev and Howard

  • Jun 16, 2021 - USD $ 150.00
  • " ️" - Natalie Rones

  • Jun 16, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Sending love" - Lisa (Tapnack) Klaff

  • Jun 16, 2021 - R 7 500.00
  • " ." - Sean katz

  • Jun 16, 2021 - USD $ 100.00
  • "Lots of love to you " - Michal Wilkenfeld

  • Jun 16, 2021 - USD $ 363.00
  • "With lots of love Auntie Neesh " - Necia Seskin

  • Jun 16, 2021 - USD $ 72.50
  • "Sending huge love" - Jo

  • Jun 15, 2021 - R 1 800.00
  • "Sending love xx" - Mart & Aud

  • Jun 15, 2021 - USD $ 36.30
  • "Sending much love, have really missed you Troy, can’t wait to see you again pg soon" - Sarit Sifris

  • Jun 15, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "You are both amazing. Sending you an abundance of blessings " - Julie Smithers

  • Jun 15, 2021 - R 360.00
  • "You are amazing " - Nina

  • Jun 15, 2021 - USD $ 18.15
  • "You’ve got this Troy" - Anonymous

  • Jun 15, 2021 - R 10 000.00
  • "Best wishes " - Anonymous

  • Jun 15, 2021 - USD $ 290.38
  • "Sending love and light " - Anonymous

  • Jun 15, 2021 - R 2 500.00
  • "Good on ya Troy! You have a -n exceptional Mama." - Phil & Zav

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Donations to date

R 262 911.33

Fundraising target

R 420 000.00
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This little guy is a miracle - Troy Calvey Wilensky. He was born a micro-prem 15 years ago, weighing 780g. He was ventilated for 3 months and in high care for another month. And then he came home, what a fighter - life was never the same again.