Hi, my name is Caroline.
I am the Sole Business owner/trader of Massage By Caroline.
Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Australian Prime Minister closing my business several times over the last 18 months, money has been very scarce to say the least, having only been able to work for 13 days for the month of August 2021 with lockdown #6.
My biggest fear is not being able to pay my rent and becoming homeless, once was enough back in 2011 with my children.
As most of my clients already know, 2019 was already a crap year with cancer cut out of my nose (in May & June 2019) with a full depth skin graft on the left hand side of the nose. Then December 2019 I had to have a radical hysterectomy and have time off to recover from the surgery. I was back to work earlier than the doctors would have liked, but Massage Therapy is my only income, and I didn't have any assistance back then from Centrelink either. Followed by 2020 with some major back issues as a complication from the surgery, which I am still battling with.
All my savings that I had put aside was put towards the many medical costs and the time off work instead. All savings have now gone. There is no savings left after all these lockdowns now, and after receiving a tax bill this year after getting JobKeeper for a little bit last year, it is becoming very grim.
While I understand that everyone is going through hard times right now, all I am asking if anyone can spare a few dollars to help just keep a roof over my head, I would greatly appreciate it. It will be going solely to rent, food, bills.
All the grants they have on offer for "small businesses" since JobKeeper are for those who are registered with GST/employ staff/etc, sadly I have been ineligible for the ones I have looked into.
Any help, I am truly grateful.