It is hard to believe we are fast approaching another year’s end! We welcomed the festive season with the launch of our annual Christmas Appeal and warmly thank Mummy’s Wish mum, Samantha Warren, for sharing her story as part of the campaign. In the spirit of Christmas, we encourage you to make Mummy’s Wish your charity of choice this festive season and into 2023.

Five teams (with one more to go this month) raised over $13,000 as part of our Mummy’s Wish Hike campaign. We are incredibly thankful and inspired by Benita, who shared her sister Annette’s story and again championed this year’s campaign.

Congratulations the unstoppable Carla Haddan for her hugely successful Big Lunch, as well as our inspiring corporate fundraising team at Cobild. Superstar community fundraiser Bogi hosted both her annual high tea and a Bunnings sausage sizzle in November, combined with a Crowdraiser for those who were unable to attend but wanted to support.

With various environmental factors including COVID, extreme weather conditions such as floods, and cost of living pressures, our supporters still did an amazing job across all of our campaigns and events – thank you for your contribution. We really could not do what we do without you.

We are pleased to welcome to the team Joanne Edwards, our new support coordinator who will be assisting mums at a time when they need it most. With over twenty years of experience working with children and their families, as well as a lived experience of cancer treatment, Joanne will provide amazing insights and tools to support our mums.

On 29 March, 2023 we are finally able to host our second ever Giving Day – save the date! As we start planning for the year ahead, we are looking to secure mutually beneficial partnerships for Giving Day and our campaigns throughout the year to ensure we can continue the rewarding work we do. Our funding relies solely on corporate and community support – if you are an organisation or foundation looking to partner with a charity, please email us to find out all the ways you can become involved.

In wonderful news we welcome Morgans Foundation as our first partner for Giving Day, who are generously donating $30,000. Please join Morgans Foundation and Mummy’s Wish to be a part of this impactful and rewarding day.

Because after all, a mum with cancer is still a mum.

Kind regards,

Angelique and the team


2022 Impact – January to October

Kind Words from a Mummy’s Wish Mum

“Just wanted to let you know we received the parcel from you guys last week. It was absolutely perfect, I can’t thank you enough. The book is absolutely amazing for Ollie. He would read a page and then check in with a question… The book sparked some tears, luckily Ollie was reading it not me. He is protecting his teddy to no end. He has told people where he got it from and what you guys do. He is pretty proud and grateful. Thank you so so much!!” – ADELE


Christmas Appeal 2022

Help us raise $20,000 this Christmas to provide vital, practical support to mums with cancer. Mummy’s Wish mum, Samantha Warren, shares her story and encourages you to join her in supporting the annual Christmas Appeal:

“Giving back through fundraising and inspiring others helps me to process and pushes me further. I look back and think how did I get through, but I am so grateful for every run I am able to do.”

You can make a real and immediate impact by supporting a mum like Samantha by donating to the 
Mummy’s Wish Christmas Appeal.

Gift a Bear

Are you searching for a special gift with purpose to give to a loved one this Christmas? Mummy’s Wish has a limited number of our signature bears with voice recordable hearts for purchase this festive season. For $70 plus express postage, you will receive an unbranded bear and contribute to helping a mum with cancer. 

Thank you to Grace McBryde who teamed up with her mum and Mummy’s Wish partner, Letitia (pictured with Grace) from the Octagon Foundation, to generously give their time to stuff the bears.

Grace said: “As part of the generosity project with Genesis Christian College, I was privileged and proud to volunteer with Mummy’s Wish stuffing special bears. Every bear I stuffed and fluffed I thought of the loved ones who will benefit from this meaningful personalised gift and the memories it will hold.”

To purchase a bear, email

Giving Day – 29 March, 2023

We are delighted to announce our much awaited Giving Day is back for the second time on 29 March, 2023. The day will foster three new projects that will enable us to support more mums. We are thrilled to announce that Morgans Foundation has committed $30,000 to our 2023 Giving Day and the Morgans team are also supporting us on the day!If you are a corporate organisation, trust or foundation looking to support a charity and double your impact, please contact our CEO to find out more. There are opportunities for partners at three different levels and we aim to tailor the partnerships to engage your team. Please join us on this critical and exciting day!


Festive Events

Are you hosting a Christmas or New Year get-together in the coming weeks? Nominate Mummy’s Wish as your charity of choice and make it an “event with purpose”. Dedicate your workplace, membership or community group event to raising funds for mums with cancer and give the gift of time to a Mummy’s Wish mum.Donate via our Mummy’s Wish Christmas Appeal or create your own event CrowdRaiser!

Play for Purpose

Today (15 Dec) is the last chance to get your ticket in the Play For Purpose raffle, where a minimum of $5 from every $10 ticket you buy goes directly to helping us provide practical support for mums with cancer. How does a luxury Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic sound… just in time for Christmas!PURCHASE TICKETS


Mummy’s Wish Hikes

Congrats to our five teams – with a sixth organised for this month – who walked or hiked to raise close to $13,000 for Mummy’s Wish! We are so grateful to see so many amazing supporters taking steps for mums with cancer. A special thank you to the amazing teams and their leaders:

  1. Walsh’s Pyramid Hike for Mums with Cancer
  2. GirlsTrek Experience Mummy’s Wish Walk
  3. Tarli’s Hike for Mum’s with Cancer
  4. Marshall White Projects
  5. German / Swiss Hiking Queens
  6. Pink River Walk by Pensar

This campaign is inspired by the story of Mummy’s Wish mum, Annette, and grows each year thanks to her inspiring sister, Benita (pictured). We are so impressed that 51 people, including 24 kids, completed the Walsh’s Pyramid Hike in Cairns on 15 October, raising close over $3,700 in her honour. You really did move mountains once again – thank you so much!

Missed out this year? It’s not too early to plan for next year’s hike! Email

The Big Lunch 2022

This glamorous annual event organised by Carla Haddan and Tracey Watkins took place on 7 October at Stanley in Brisbane with 166 guests. They exceeded expectations by raising $72,497 to be shared equally between Mummy’s Wish and the Queensland Brain Institute. What an incredible effort!A big thank you to all the event sponsors, everyone who attended the day, and to those who bid on the auction prizes and bought raffle tickets. Most importantly, thank you to Carla and Tracey for all that you do!

Cobild’s Resilience Challenge

We can see why they’re called the Cobild Miracle Committee! This incredible Melbourne workplace team selected Mummy’s Wish as their charity partner and first miracle and raised $42,433! Thanks to all who supported their winter Ice Bath and fundraising efforts following the event.
As the team said: “The energy was truly electric with everyone rallying around and supporting one another.” Well done!

Annual Love Life High Tea

Our wonderful Ipswich mum, Bogi Crilly-Toth, held not one but two successful fundraising events last month – her annual Love Life High Tea and a Bunnings sausage sizzle supported by Rotary Ipswich – as well as a Crowdraiser for people who couldn’t attend in person. Combined Bogi’s raised over $15,000 for Mummy’s Wish and provides an excellent example of all of the different ways you can raise funds. Thank you Bogi for your ongoing support!

Bear with Me

Thank you to Metro Arts theatre in Brisbane’s West End for supporting Mummy’s Wish as part of the 10th anniversary of the family-friendly show, Bear with Me, featuring songs by Brisbane duo Tyrone and Lesley. Also thanks to Mummy’s Wish Ambassador, Mellissa Naidoo, who spoke at the show. The performers created a very special poem about Mummy’s Wish to introduce Metro Theatre’s CEO and Artistic Director, Jo Thomas, and Mellissa to the stage.

Have a fundraising idea? Create your own CrowdRaiser! Every dollar helps.


Joanne EdwardsSupport Coordinator

Joanne holds a Bachelor of Human Services in Child and Family, and has over twenty years experience working with children and their families, including young carers and those with special needs. Joanne is a mum to four adult children and Nanna to one. She isalso a cancer survivor, havingcompleted active treatment in 2021. Joanne has experienced the physical, mental, and emotional impacts which a cancer diagnosis brings. She is now dedicated to providing empathetic support to other mums who are travelling the cancer journey.