Autumn News 2022
The months have passed swiftly since our last update, but then, these have not been normal times. Whilst each of us has felt the impact of COVID, and many of us the recent floods, at Mummy’s Wish it has presented us with both new challenges and successes.
We ended last year in our strongest position to date, despite resource limitations impacting all areas of operations. Our “mums first” approach ensured that despite these challenges, all referred mums were offered support in a timely manner. I am incredibly proud of our small but mighty team who improved service delivery and are focused on the future.
We are seeing our highest level of engagement ever from the mums we’ve supported. These incredible women have the generosity and heart to give back to our organisation through their fundraising efforts and sharing their stories. We can’t thank you enough and know that your courage drives our actions.
Having recently celebrated Mother’s Day, we acknowledge all the mums who are still with us, who have passed or who are still fighting cancer. Mothers make the world go around and are central to our families and communities.
As we look to the year ahead, we are thrilled to confirm a two-year partnership with Dry July and a new corporate partnership with Cobild. As a not-for-profit that receives no government support, these funds are critical to our sustainability and support the launch of our counselling service and other new projects on the horizon.
Save-the-date for our upcoming events featured below, as well as our October Hike Campaign and Giving Day, on the new date of 3rd of November – an important 24 hours where generous individual donations are matched by corporate donations.
We ask that you participate in any capacity you can – whether you’re a mum willing to share your story, an individual keen to participate in Dry July, or an organisation looking to support a worthy cause this year. Register your fundraiser with us, try fundraising through Givenow or sign up for Dry July.
A warm welcome to our new board members and a big thank you to our team for your continued commitment to the mums we support. We are now seeking to grow our team further with a board chairperson and marketing role currently being recruited.
Reflecting on the past few years of challenge and growth, we thank every person in our community for believing in our purpose and helping us to continue to support mums in ways no other organisation does.
Because after all, a mum with cancer is still a mum.
PRACTICAL SUPPORT FOR MUMS
Impact from November 2021 to March 2022
Mum’s Support Strategy
Goal 1: Mummy’s Wish is seen as an integral part of every mum’s cancer journey.Goal 2: Mummy’s Wish genuinely cares about our mums – we ensure every mum feels heard and receives timely, tailored, and relevant practical support. Goal 3: Mummy’s Wish is driven by lived experiences of mums with cancer, and innovates to fill the gaps of practical support for mums Australia wide. Goal 4: Mummy’s Wish is a professional and skilled service informed by evidence. We look forward to sharing projects that will expand the current practical support options available and reach more mums who need our support around Australia.
Made possible by Dry July funding, counselling is a natural extension to our tailored practical support and will be offered to mums identified by our support coordinators as being in need of this specialised service.
Our 2020 survey identified that 20% of our mums would appreciate counselling and many research papers cite approximately 40% of cancer patients experience clinically significant mental health issues, including depression and anxiety.
Our pilot program, funded by Dry July in 2018, provided us with further evidence that the psychological care during cancer treatment was highly valued. The need for care is evident.
VIC & NSW Lockdown Care Packs
The Mummy’s Wish team sourced additional items and sent 200 care packs to the value of $100+ during the 2021 lockdowns, providing extra special comfort to our mums and their young children when they needed it most.
“I just received mine today, thank you so much. Such a lovely treat to receive in lockdown. My girls are super happy… really made us smile.”
Kind Words from a Mummy’s Wish Mum
“Thank you so much for your amazing support. There are no words to express our gratitude for your support. The kids love their teddy bears, they were amazing comfort for them. A few days later after my double mastectomy surgery, my daughter had emergency surgery and I stayed with her after in the hospital. My son was in tears with my husband at home and my son said that he has hugged the teddy bear a thousand times to replay my message,” – Diana
We are thrilled to confirm a two-year partnership with Dry July, a key fundraising activity in our annual calendar. Help us provide practical support to Mums with cancer by going Dry this July. To mark 15 years since Mummy’s Wish was founded, we aim to recruit 150 Mum Participants and 15 Corporate Teams, as well as raise $250,000 from 750 participants.
Can you PARTICIPATE in Dry July, DONATE to our campaign or NOMINATE your work team to help us reach our goals?
Cobild are all about enriching lives through their building projects and are taking it one step further to enrich lives through miracles they create. The innovative, passionate and caring team are undertaking an organisational mission to create 10 miracles in 10 years – and they’ve selected Mummy’s Wish for their first miracle.
We are delighted to announce this new partnership and their pledge to fundraise $50,000 for Mummy’s Wish. Watch this space for an event hosted by the Cobild Miracle Committee to raise awareness and funds.
Nicole Winkler Couture Jewellery
Nicole is a mum who we supported in the past and we are so grateful for her support of us. Nicole has generously donated to us on previous occasions and is now donating 5% of profits from all sales of her Empire and Halo range throughout May.
“Mummy’s Wish supported me through my treatment for breast cancer. My children were 3 and 6 years old at the time and the support we received was such a gift during an incredibly challenging time.”
Play for Purpose Raffle
Last days to buy your ticket in the raffle where a minimum of $5 from every $10 ticket you buy goes directly to Mummy’s Wish.
Back by popular demand, the new Volkswagen California Beach is worth $118,798 and will see you nomad around Australia from the outback to the beach. Closes 9 June, 2022.
Evening with Kate Ceberano
We’d like to thank Kate and her guitarist Kathleen Halloran for a fantastic event on 10 March at the Calile Hotel, which showcased their music talents and Kate’s amazing art. Kate donated three paintings and was very generous in spirit.
Kate Ceberano is now a proud owner of one of Mummy’s Wish’s Comfort Bears, which was gifted to her by one of our mums and volunteer Kelly-Anne after her special concert.
The launch of our Mummy’s Wish Hike campaign was a great success and we are so grateful to see so many amazing supporters taking steps for mums with cancer. Overall, the hike raised a fantastic $13,205 for Mummy’s Wish and critical awareness of our organisation.
A special thank you to Australian hiking group, GirlsTrek who organised a hike at Mt Coot-Tha to to wrap up the campaign. This wonderful organisation raised a fantastic $671.
Bubbles for Boobs
MUM: Love Life High Tea – $7,180
Thank you Bogi and her team for organising the ‘Love Life High Tea in December in honour of Bogi’s ‘cancer buddy’ Katherine! They ran an online fundraiser as well as raffles and an auction which ended up raising $7,180.
A special thanks to Bogi who also shared her story with the Mummy’s Wish community for our Christmas Appeal. You are an inspiration.
MUM: Samantha Lee’s 500kms – $5,280
Sam, an inspirational mum we are supporting, set herself the challenge to run 500kms from the beginning of her chemotherapy to the end, averaging around 25kms per week. During the challenge, she made a pledge to listen to her body; on the days her body is asking her to rest, she did, but on the days where she woke up and was ready to embrace life and the running track, she did exactly that! Thank you, Sam!
Alex’s Peak Challenge – $2,100
Alex completed Peaks Challenge in a time of 11 hours and 34 mins, as part of his fundraising efforts for Mummy’s Wish. ‘Peaks’ is a 235km (146 miles) bike ride through Victoria’s Alpine region, with 4000m+ of elevation thrown in for good measure. He said that Ït was by far the hardest physical challenge his attempted to date and it felt amazing to cross the finish line. Brilliant work, Alex!
MEET THE TEAM
Jane Lampitsi has more than 22 years of experience in community health and is a founding member of a registered charity formed by the families of children suffering from blood related disorders. She has held various roles within NSW including patient advocacy, cancer care, and crisis and bereavement support.
Personally affected by the loss of a loved one from cancer, and a mum herself, Jane has made it her mission to harness her skills to aid the cancer community.
Are you a health professional based in NSW, ACT and WA, or a mum with cancer in need of support? Connect with Jane on 0412 938 000 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Megan NaylorBoard Treasurer
Megan is a Fellow of CPA Australia and an accomplished finance professional with over 20 years corporate accounting experience.
Megan’s expertise includes leadership and management of the full range of finance, accounting and commercial operations, providing strategic advice and corporate governance.
Her experience covers a wide range of industries such as government, mining, leisure, television production and not-for-profit.
JOIN THE TEAM
Chairperson – Board Member, Volunteer
The Chairperson is a critical role in assisting Mummy’s Wish reach strategic objectives, overseeing the overall management, ensuring the charity is working within regulatory and legal frameworks, and implementing its agreed strategic plan.
This is an active, non-executive position working hand-in-hand with our Board and the full-time CEO to ensure a strong, compliant and successful Mummy’s Wish.
The role requires knowledge of the not-for-profit sector and corporate governance and previous experience as a board member for a not-for-profit. The key focus is to maintain strong relationships, ensure strategic and operational goals are met and the corporate mission and values are upheld.
Marketing & Communications Specialist
This position has been created to support the growth of Mummy’s Wish. Working closely with the National CEO, the role’s primary purpose is to raise awareness of the organisation’s services and increase financial support.
Key responsibilities include the development of campaigns to engage donors, drive fundraising revenue, and tell the Mummy’s Wish story. Content will be implemented across a range of channels including email, direct mail, social media, web, telemarketing, printed collateral, reports and presentations.
The role requires at least five years’ experience in a similar communications or marketing role, experience across a broad range of marketing and communication activities and channels; and a caring, collaborative and committed approach.