Live Practice Fundraiser Event with Fabrizio Romano
Time & Location
About the Event
Join Fabrizio Romano for a 3 hour intensive live practice fundraiser to support his friend Oliver Stiene for top surgery. Fabrizio is going to guide you through a set of practices for 3 hours, 45 minutes per hour with a 10-15 minutes short break.
The program will comprise chanting of Japanese mantras, and meditation. No prior knowledge is required.
You can join us live for however long you want to practice together, and receive healing from this event.
All we ask you to do in return is make a donation to our dear friend Oliver. Big or small, every contribution will count!
Date and time: Sunday the 19th of July - 4pm to 7pm London Time
(Not sure what time will that be where you live? Check here: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=Live+Practice+Fundraiser+Event+with+Fabrizio+Romano&iso=20200719T16&p1=136&ah=3)
The meeting will be held over zoom, so make sure you have it installed (and relatively updated) on your device, and please show up a few minutes before the start. Here's the meeting coordinates:
Meeting ID: 899 4779 0937
Like so many others, Oliver has lost his job due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a consequence his financial situation is posing a risk to the surgery he plans to have in mid August. Here are a few words from Oliver:
I am Oliver and pursuing life-changing top surgery in August. I’m a student and transgender female to male – when I was 17 I came out and a year later I started taking hormones. I’ve been on testosterone for two years and although it has changed my life so much I still struggle with dysphoria especially when it comes to my chest. I bind every day – I won’t leave the house without my binder on. This means I struggle with back/rib pain after a full day out, breathing deeply is challenging and physical work isn’t as easy. I study musical theatre and I’m always having to find ways to adapt costumes to cover me up in ways that a cis-gendered male wouldn’t need to worry about. Every time I get dressed I have to make sure my chest is hidden and my binder isn’t showing – with top surgery all these things would be so much easier.
I am booked in for surgery on the 14th of August 2020, which I am incredibly excited about. I won’t be able to work for four weeks after surgery so I am looking to save money for afterwards as well.
Below are the costs that I need to pay to get top surgery.
Surgery Fee (minus rebate): $8875
Anaesthetist’s Fee: $1800
Hospital Fee (excess): $750
Recovery Fee (4 weeks): $2000
Private Health Insurance for 1 year at $21 a month = $255
I have chosen to use Private Health Insurance which is more expensive than using the Public Healthcare system as I get to chose the surgeon for this operation. Dr Steve Merten, the surgeon, has undertaken many successful top surgery operations, whereas in the public system he is only the advising surgeon. I would also have to wait at least another year if I went through the public system with no confirmation of surgery till next year.
Thank you all so much for taking the time to read and donate!! Please share around so I can reach this goal x
Oliver also has a GoFundMe page: gf.me/u/xmqffi
Oliver is a wonderful person, so even if you cannot join or donate, please help him by sharing this event with your friends. Together we can do wonders!
Thank you ❤️