Support for Karin
In 2019, I came to a point where I suddenly hit the limit and did not know anymore how to get through. Start of winter, after already have turned allergic to my shelter, my sleeping gear and my clothes and most of the food, I also turned allergic to all drinking water which I could get in the remote spot I was living.
Every time I drank (and I had to drink enough as I was in the desert) I had an allergic reaction. I was in continuous extreme pain and my brain was hardly working anymore.
When I then got the email that my application to the National Disability Insurance got denied again, despite all the supporting evidence from many health professionals and other helpers, I felt I could not get through this alone anymore, drowning more and more in financial debts just to find ways to survive, sleeping on the ground under a tarp in the desert.
I felt there was only one thing - but the best thing I had left - to fall back on: my friends and family. So I reached out and the support I got was unbelievable and gave me so much energy that I could pick myself up and despite the pain kept going and finding solutions.
"With help from
my mother, my brother and my friends
three projects emerged
which turned my health around"
Donate for Second Documentary
IMPORTANT: Select 'SURVIVING TO THRIVING in Donation Preferences.
For every $30 donated to the SURVIVING TO THRIVING project, you get a ticket for the draw of a Joel Fitzgerald surfboard raffled off in October 2023.
The first documentary has given me the support I needed to survive and to find ways to get healthy. The second documentary is keeping this momentum going and will tell my story towards a healthier life in more detail. The screenings of this second documentary called "Surviving to Thriving" will enable me to work again in education and going to schools and organisations to tell my story. It is tax deductible donation, please select from the donation preferences our project SURVIVING TO THRIVING.
Your own idea:
The reason I have found many ways of coping is with the help of people knowing of my challenge.
They used their personal specialised knowledge and skills to suggest solutions.
You might have an idea, so please tell me about it with the Contact Form here
I haven't been able to work as a Surfcoach for a long time, so I put all my energy into the second film project. To be able to bring it to life, we urgently need sponsors for the editing of the full film. Find out more on www.surfingtosurvive.com/film2
Many friends listed below already helped me practically or financially in the areas I need most support in.
Karin can avoid car travel and petrochemical fumes thanks to Alice Moffett, Andrea & Christa Zuffellato, Farley, Heath Summers, Roger Wirz.
Thanks to Julieann Smith, Joc Evans, Marion Haeni, Ruth Breeze, Christine Klemens for providing quality fabrics that stop bacteria growth
Physio Therapy, Chiropractor, Homeopathy, and more help Karin to feel and get better thanks to Esther Meissner, Regula Lippuner
Help Karin pay for the medicare gap payment
Thanks to Michael Stadler
Support with electric devices for communication and practical help to enable Karin to communicate with the right people has been given by Alice Moffett, Andrea Piga, Bettina Schneider, Caz Cave, Christa Kamm-Sager, Heidi Roeckle, Jane Collins, John Comer, Keeda Scully, Pablo Stadler, Pauline Menzcer, Ric Oliveira, Rita Daetwyler, Sandi Middelton, Serap Duran, Valentina Gombi
Medication & Supplements
Help Karin purchase the medicaiton & supplements she needs to stay healthy. Thanks to Bec Smollen, Dani Sarina, Joc Evans, Kirsty Young, Mandy Hawkes
Removal of Contaminated Objects
Benny Freeman, Jane Collins, Kristy Young, Pauline Menzcer, Sam Endell, Steve Hawkes, Tiwi Mitai, Willow and Olive Hardy, Willow Hawkes
Help has been given to drive for Karin or to finance her travels thanks to Bec Shuttleworth, Beth Edwards, Caroline Ruckli, David and Janenne Jennings, Joc Evans, John Comer, Kel Chapman, Maddi Powell, Mandy Hawks, Marco Keller, Sali Bracewell, Sapoty Brook, Serena Adams, Sheree Dixon, Steve Hawkes, Taeko Ilzuka Valentina Gombi
Project 2 - Film
The idea that I should publish my story has been suggested many times in the last few years. I never felt ready for it. But when I realised how people from the outside just could not comprehend what I am going through and how insurance workers did not see the emergency state I was in, I felt a documentary might help.
As soon as we started planning for the documentary, I realised what a positive effect it had and how people suddenly took my illness serious without much more explanation.
Project 3 - Website
The Swiss website was created by Rita Dätwyler to raise funds for the documentary. I got involved in the process of making the website and it was a great and rewarding experience. It helped me to connect with important people in the health industry and to start talking to people about my challenge. You are reading the second website on the English net now, created by Alice Moffett, and I am glad you do :)
The following companies and their staff have helped me in an exceptional way by providing me with reduced or free products. As an extremely sensitive person I can really feel quality and positive effect on my health of those products. The following names stand for that!
Joel Fitzgerald Surf Boards
Global Rippel Op Shop
Peter G's Seasoap
Mark Plater (Maddog)
Byron Ding Repair Bruce BDR
Shaz and Baz Suffolk Park
I also experienced a clear improvement of my wellbeing through the services and support of the following organisations and their engaged people:
Amara Hurst Psychology
David Holllingsworth Homeopathy
Jenny Boggis surfcoaching
Let's go Surfing
All Girls Surfriders Lennox Head
The only way I have survived the extreme challenges thrown at me is by feeling the support and getting the practical help of so so many. You possibly have helped me too in some kind of way. Below a list of those individuals who have invested hours of volunteer support and work for me. And also those who have done an exceptional action which has given me the energy or opportunity to push through something very threatening.
Corrie Gielen Gielen
Gian Peter Ochsner
John Pene Fonmosa
Mercedes Deceasing de Miquel
Sunee Muller Bethel