That Friday afternoon, as I filled out a couple lines in the box and clicked submit, I wondered if this would follow the course of numerous applications I had submitted for suitable jobs. Despair and distress bring a state of hopelessness as their companion always. But to my surprise, a quick email asking me to complete the attached application arrived the following Monday. But what would I ask for?
To say that it was a terrible phase of my life is to say the least about it. My contract had ended and there was no position looking up in the horizon. Domestic violence and the separation that followed had me nursing my physical wounds and the more difficult aching heart. I was left with the care of my two kids and had no clue as to how we’d go on. Having arrived on board some 3 years ago and a year long maternity break in that time, I was still in the process of getting to know the system, the culture, the people.
I didn’t know what I wanted from MBAQ. It was a chance finding as I was browsing through AMAQueensland’s website for advice.
The application itself made the process easy for me…..listing expenses and asking about financial goals……it got me to what I wanted. But, my state of hopelessness continued. The big figures, my predicament, would be a deterrent, I thought. And soon forgot about it……like it happens with many applications. But it was not to be.
I was pleasantly surprised when Lisa, the kind lady I had been in email correspondence with, rang me and discussed a suitable date for an interview with the team. And there I was……with my naughty 2.5 year old. The team waited patiently for me as I tried to settle my son. They put me to absolute ease from the word go………they were a gorgeous lot! They explained that they would submit a report of the interview and I would be informed about the outcome in 3 – 4 weeks’ time.
This call from Lisa brought the news pleasing to my ears and soothing to my heart…….a decision was made by MBAQ to provide unconditional financial assistance to me!!! I couldn’t believe my ears, but in no time it was in my account, to see and to believe!!!
Though I cannot express my gratitude to the team at MBAQ and its donors in words, it is my endeavor to spread the message that MBAQ has made a huge difference in our lives. The assistance was very generous and also timely. I am not a Christian, but quote The Bible here – “Ask and it is given”……best exemplified by MBAQ.