28 February 2011

Urgent appeal for Aylene Dela Cruz

This picture was taken at Botanical Garden a month after Aylene’s arrival in NZ.  Everything seemed to be perfect then.

Aylene came to New Zealand full of hope, full of plans, full of dreams.  She envisioned NZ to be the country which would give her family a better future.

Armed with 9 month Work to Resident (WTR) permit, and after spending around $20,000 nzd (borrowed from her aunt’s retirement pay), she left Philippines for NZ.  Being a single parent, she made a heart breaking decision to leave her 2 children to the care of her mother, confident that in just a few months they would be united again.

But she found that it was not that easy to find a job here.  With her pocket money slowly running out  and no job offer still,  she found generous friends who provided for her free accommodation.

When her 9 month WTR expired, she applied for and was granted a 3 month extension.  Within this period she got a job offer but the Immigration Department, citing job not being related to her skill, did not qualify her for Permanent Residency. An application for work permit was lodged but this too was denied.  Aylene and her employer appealed for consideration and since her WTR has expired, she was given a Visitor’s Permit to make her stay legal.  The appeal was lodged last Oct 2010 and up to now no decision has been made yet.

About 3 weeks ago, Aylene felt a lump in one of her breast which prompted her to see a GP.  An ultrasound confirmed mass on her right breast and was scheduled for immediate biopsy.  She got the biopsy result last 22 Feb 2010 - a malignant and an aggressive type of breast cancer.  She was booked for urgent surgery on 10 March 2011.

Further queries from the hospital revealed that she will not qualify for public health funding because of her status.

Aylene’s desire now is to go home, if possible before her birthday on 9 March 2010 and be with her family.  With no money at hand, she is faced with a big problem

This is where we are appealing for your help. There is an immediate need for the plane fare (around $1,200) and next would be the cost of the medical procedures (surgery, radiotheraphy and chemotheraphy)

There are 2 ways we can help Aylene:
  1. To commit a pledge of $10 a month (for one year) to cover her chemo sessions.  At least 50 pledges would mean Php 15,000 a month – more or less enough to cover the cost of the chemo, and
  2. To give a one off amount to cover her plane fare and immediate surgery.

Below is Aylene’s Bank Account details:
Ms. A R D Cruz, ANZ 01 0505 0428344 00

If you are making a pledge, may I suggest that we all do this through AP on the same date – on the 5th of each month?  This would ensure that Aylene would have the funds all at the same time (saves withdrawal charges from the Phils too)

Aylene would appreciate if you can email her at aylenedelacruz@yahoo.com.ph  Give her a chance to personally thank you.

Aylene may be going home with unfulfilled NZ dream  – but I know that God compensated it by giving her friends like you – no PR visa can ever replaced that!!

God bless you all.

Aylene’s basic info found on her Facebook account

Never regret a day in your life.
Good days give you happiness.
Bad days give you experiences, both are essential to life.
God will not give up on me.
And He will not give up on you.

I miss my two beautiful babies, Ryle Matthew and Rayne Zoe. Dear Father God, may we all be together soon. 

(source: wlgnzpinoys mailing list)

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