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Let’s Get Kylie to #FinCon14!!! We Won’t Let Abusers Win!!!

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Update as of April 24, 2014 – We’ve raised $350 so far!!!  FinCon14 will cost a total of $2500 for the plane, the entry tickets, and room and board if she shares.  I’d love to help her raise some money for her legal fees too.  So our minimum target is $2500 and our main goal is $5000 total!!!  Please help!!!

Update as of April 25, 2014 at 2pm CST – We’ve raised $700 in cash so far, plus a FinCon ticket, plus the flight here thanks to reward miles from one of our awesome blogging buddies, plus a free place to crash with a shared hotel room!!!  Whoo-hoo!!!  That means that we’re just shooting for another $750 to cover the rest of the ticket home plus food for the week!

So we’re just $750 away from getting Kylie to FinCon and $3000 away from our overall goal of around $5000 to help with legal fees!!!

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You may know of Kylie Ofiu from Aspiring Millionaire.  She’s a mother, a blogger, a speaker, and raises awareness for the charity, [email protected].  I first “met” Kylie online as a great guest poster and cool blogger lady.

Kylie Ofiu

Then I had the pleasure of meeting her in person at The Financial Blogger Conference.  She’s a strong woman that turns true life crap into pure opportunity.  Since 2012, she’s published occasional updates about that crap along with stories of her amazing growth as a person overall.

Kylie’s Past 18 Months

To save all of us major browsing time, and with her permission to share what she’s published, here is a general synopsis of her situation:

  • She’s in Australia.
  • In 2012, her now-ex-husband started abusing her physically.
  • By the end of 2012, he tried to stab her and started stalking her.
  • While extricating herself from that, she was raped by someone else.
  • She and her children lived in a garage while she got on her feet.
  • Now court cases are sucking up all of her money and she may have to skip FinCon14 on top of everything else.
  • Despite all of that, Kylie swears that she wouldn’t change her past at all since she is stronger now than ever.  Her exact words (which make me want to hug her)

I am very grateful for the experiences, I have learned so much, grown a lot and changed so much. I really like the person I am now, the place my life is at and I have been actively involved in helping the homeless and domestic violence victims and love it. I have been offered a dream job because of it all too.

HELP KYLIE!!!

Now for what I didn’t tell Kylie that I was planning.  I want to get her to FinCon14.  During the worst parts of our lives, getting away can be amazingly beneficial.  Hell, just sleeping well overseas may help.  And even if she can’t make it, I want to help her with what we can for all of the costs that she is incurring because of evil people.  Here is what I am suggesting:

  • Donate directly to Kylie via her Paypal – k_ofiu *at* yahoo.com.au
  • Donate to the current charity drive, CEO Sleepout, via her page to help her hit her $2000 goal.
  • If you can’t donate, or even if you just want to help more, please leave a supportive comment to her below and promote her charity drive via Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, etc.
  • Forward this post to everyone you know!!!

Please help any way you can.  We couldn’t stop the abuse, but we can stop the abusers from killing her financially.  She doesn’t know I posted this yet, so let’s make her really wonder about where all this money is popping up from before she catches on!!!  Make it an Eggceptionally Amazing Easter weekend!!!  😉

 



FYI:  I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 per year.  I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $70,000-$90,000 through blogging, professional pet sitting, hubby's reffing, and our rental home.  If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you, PLUS a free custom header banner from me!).  Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!
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14 thoughts on “Let’s Get Kylie to #FinCon14!!! We Won’t Let Abusers Win!!!

  1. This is a real side of personal finance. We like to talk about saving at a young age, investing etc. But, life and / or the people in our lives don’t cooperate. A former spouse can keep you wasting thousands of dollars at a lawyers office answering complaints, accusations etc. It sucks.

  2. Kylie!!! I donated some cash… I can’t wait to see you at Fincon!! I haven’t been keeping up with your story as much as I would have liked to. But I wish you the strength to get through these rough times!

  3. She is truly a wonderful person and an inspiration. This is awesome Crystal, and I hope we can not only get her to FinCon, but let her know she is supported and loved by those she’s come in contact with.

  4. Kylie is such an amazing person. I consider it a blessing to have met her and to be able to interact with her often. I love her heart, drive, passion, and of course her beautiful girls. She strives so hard to help anyone who may be struggling and she only brings attention to her own suffering when she thinks it will help others. I can’t say enough wonderful things about her. <3

    Once she sees this post, I am going to promote this like crazy – I can't now because we follow each other everywhere and it would ruin the surprise. 🙂

    Crystal, this is a wonderful thing that you are doing!

  5. Thank you so much Crystal. I cried reading this and when I saw the money in PayPal I thought someone had been hacked.

    Thank you everyone for your kind words. I really appreciate all the support from you guys.

    Christie, they certainly can waste thousands. I was given an estimate recently for how much more I will be spending and it shocked me, but I will spend whatever I have to for my daughters.

    Steve, thank you so much.

    Eric, I have previously been sponsored, but Aussie companies only want to sponsor for Aussie events and I don’t even know where to start with US ones 🙂 Happy to hear any suggestions anyone has.

    Sher and Khaleef, I am really happy we met! Love you both and appreciate the friendship.

  6. I’m beyond offended. Some guys make me sick. It’s pathetic.

    I’m so sorry that you had to go through this Kylie.

    Please stay strong.

  7. Thank you Ashley, Amanda, Martin, Briana and Joe 🙂 I really cannot believe the lovely messages and support I have received.

    Joe, yeah, it’s not cheap. Crystal is right, the flight is about $1,800 (from where I am, $1,600 from Sydney), the other usual expenses, but I have to arrange extra care for my kids and a few things like that which up my costs. Thank you so much for the support.

    My family are supportive of me going, helping with my kids a bit and giving ideas to get me there.

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