ASKING FOR HELP: Kristy Gillespie with son Dylan, 6, who suffer from dyspraxia.
ASKING FOR HELP: Kristy Gillespie with son Dylan, 6, who suffer from dyspraxia. Karleila Thomsen

Mum won't give up on son's speech

ONE MONTH after begging for help in the pages of the Fraser Coast Chronicle, Kawungan mum Kristy Gillespie has not given up in her quest to raise money for her son Dylan's education.

Six-year-old Dylan has dyspraxia, a rare condition that has delayed his speech development.

He has been accepted into the Glenleighden School, a prestigious - and very expensive - private school in Brisbane that caters only for children with speech disorders.

But this week Ms Gillespie was told she was unlikely to be offered a Housing Commission home in Brisbane because the Department of Housing classed her as only of “moderate” need.

That is despite the fact Ms Gillespie and her two children are currently living with her parents.

“Now I've got nowhere to live when I move but what can I do? I'll have to stay in a caravan park or something,” she said.

For a single mum who devotes all her time to Dylan and 18-month-old daughter Brianna, paid employment is not an option.

With her only income a single parent pension, Ms Gillespie is desperately trying to scrape together the thousands of dollars in fees for Dylan's schooling.

She needs help and is not afraid to ask for it but the response so far has been underwhelming.

Dylan has been attending Kawungan State School but even an attempt to have the school P and C fundraise for the Prep student has been unsuccessful.

“I'm very despondent.

“I've contacted about 30 local businesses, charities and service groups but I haven't had one bit of help.

“I'm trying to get the best for him. If he can start talking quicker then all the better, he can then go back into mainstream schooling.”

Any ideas for fundraising or offers of financial help from businesses or community groups would be gratefully accepted by the Gillespies. Call 4120 1053 if you can help.



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