This year’s national Mummy’s Wish Hike campaign kicks off next week and we’re thrilled to have five hikes now registered – all in QLD! Our goal for this year is to have 10 hikes organised and raise $25,000, and we’d love to see groups registered from each state. This national campaign is inspired by one of the mums we supported, Annette Azzopardi, and we continue her legacy. Read on to find out how you can become involved this October – it’s simple!

A big thank you to our fabulous partners who have organised some stand-out events recently, including the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust CAMILLA event, Cobild’s Resilience Challenge and the upcoming Big Lunch.

Our community has also been generously supporting us through fundraising efforts, like our inspiring Mummy’s Wish mums, Samantha and Amrit. It’s been lovely to connect with mums we’ve supported at recent events – thanks to jewellery designer, Nicole Winkler, for joining me at the Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards, where I was gratefully named a finalist, and Kelly-Anne Talbot for her beautiful job as keynote speaker at the CAMILLA event.

The small team at Mummy’s Wish is doing a wonderful job amongst increasing demand from referrers and mums. We know the practical support we provide to mums is invaluable. We are also thrilled to welcome Dr Mellissa Naidoo as a Mum Ambassador & Board Advisor – Health Strategy. Mummy’s Wish supported Mellissa back in 2013 and she now gives back through fundraising and helping to increase our profile. What an asset to our organisation.

We are now in planning mode for upcoming campaigns, including our Christmas Appeal and Giving Day next year. We are seeking mutually beneficial partnerships and have lots of ways to become involved. If you are an organisation or foundation looking to partner with a charity, we encourage you to email us on for more details.

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

Kind regards,

Angelique and the team


2022 Impact – January to August

Kind Words from a Mummy’s Wish Mum

“The lovely bears arrived yesterday and the kids love them. I gave the bears to them last night as it coincided with the eclipse, and we always say we love each other to the moon and back, so I thought it would be a nice memory of the special night we all stood outside as a family and watched the moon transform,” – Tonia, QLD


Meet Alex, a Corporate Fundraiser Inspired by the Cause 

Alex Hood, Senior Customer Success Manager at LinkedIn, has fundraised for Mummy’s Wish on three separate occasions, and will continue to do so in the future, purely because he is “inspired by the cause”.


Mummy’s Wish in the Media 

WATCH our inspiring mum, Samantha Warren, on 9News Melbourne who is running in this Sunday’s Melbourne Marathon to raise funds for Mummy’s Wish.

READ the Mirage News story about the 10 year friendship between long-time Mummy’s Wish supporter, Carla Haddan, and Tracey Watkins, who created their passion project, THE BIG LUNCH.

READ about the exceptional finalists of the 2022 Women‘s Agenda Leadership Awards, including Mummy’s Wish CEO, Angelique Ettia, who was named a finalist for ‘Emerging Leader in the NFP Sector’. Angelique attended the Leadership Awards event held in Sydney on 23 September with Mummy’s Wish mum and jewellery designer, Nicole Winkler (pictured).


Mummy’s Wish Hike

Now is the time to get your hiking team together and tell cancer to take a hike this October! Creating a hiking fundraiser is easy:
  • Decide on an October date and location
  • Gather your team together (in person or virtually)
  • Create your Hike page on GiveNow
Did you know…
  • The hike can be any length or difficulty
  • You can host the hike virtually
  • Teams can be as small or large as you like
We have 5 teams now registered, all from QLD! Will you be the first to organise one in another state?
  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. Pink River Walk
  5. Mummy’s Wish team hike


Mummy’s Wish mum, Annette Azzopardi, established the first hike and showed tremendous courage at every step of her cancer treatment. We honour her memory, and all the other mums with cancer, that inspire people around the country.

READ ANNETTE’S STORYConnect with the Mummy’s Wish Hike Group on Facebook to share tips and ideas.

Giving Day – 29 March, 2023

We are currently seeking partners for the Mummy’s Wish Giving Day on 29 March, 2023. If you are a corporate organisation, trust or foundation looking to support a charity, please become an event partner on this critical day.

Team engagement can include planning the event, hosting at an office, or calling our supporters to ask for a donation. Every donation made to Mummy’s Wish on Giving Day is doubled by partner donors.


The Big Lunch 2022

Be quick to book as there are only a handful of tickets remaining for this stellar event taking place on Friday, 7 October at Stanley, Howard Smith Wharves in Brisbane.
Thank you Carla Haddan PLACE, White Label Noba and Samantha Ogilvie for your continuous support.


Running Through Remission

Samantha Warren was diagnosed with breast cancer this time last year when her son was 8 months old. She decided to run 500km from her first day of chemo to her last to raise $5,000 for Mummy’s Wish. One year on, she is now in remission and is running the Melbourne Marathon this Sunday to raise money for Mummy’s Wish. Thank you Samantha and best of luck!

Amrit’s Fundraiser

Amrit was diagnosed with breast cancer at 35 weeks pregnant and despite still being in the thick of her treatment and parenting a six-month old baby, she is generously raising funds for Mummy’s Wish because she is inspired by our work. She’s already raised $2,241 through her CrowdRaiser – thank you, Amrit!

Christmas Events

Christmas is just around the corner and now is the time to start planning your festive celebrations. Why not host an event for your workplace, membership or community group that gives back by raising funds for mums with cancer? By hosting a Christmas fundraiser, you can give the gift of time to a Mummy’s Wish mum. Find out more

Upcoming Fundraisers

A warm thank you to our corporate and community partners who are hosting an array of events to raise funds for Mummy’s Wish. Best of luck with your efforts!

  • Quota International of Carindale: Brisbane Craft and Gift Fair, 8-9 October, at Sleeman Centre, Chandler.
  • Conscious Mae: For the month of October, Jackie Yole is donating funds from her online store.
  • Love Life High Tea: Mummy’s Wish mum, Bogi Crilly-Toth, is back with her popular event in Ipswich on 6 November
  • Metro Arts: On 7 December, opening day of the children’s performance, Bear With Me by David Meggarity.
Keep an eye on our socials and next eNews to book tickets.

Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust CAMILLA event – $20,000

This inspiring and momentous event took place in Brisbane last month. A huge thanks to everyone who attended, supported, sponsored and contributed. It was an honour to have Camilla Franks in attendance and showcase her beautiful and colourful designs. We were delighted to be able to connect with Camilla and her incredible team.

Camilla is a breast cancer survivor and mother and as she said on the day, the grassroots work that charities such as Mummy’s Wish do cannot be underestimated. Mummy’s Wish mum, Kelly-Anne Talbot generously shared her story as a keynote speaker at the event and did an amazing job. Thank you and well done, Kelly-Anne.  Many thanks to Nina Schrinner, Lady Mayoress of Brisbane and Chair of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust, for your ongoing support and to all the event partners and sponsors.

Cobild’s Resilience Challenge – $23,256

Would you jump in an ice bath on a Melbourne winter morning to raise funds for cancer? Some of the Cobild team and their collaborators braved the cold and did just this! So far they’ve raised $23, 256 of their pledge to raise $50,000 for Mummy’s Wish. A big thanks to the Cobild Miracle Committee for selecting us as their charity partner and first miracle. As the team said: “The energy was truly electric with everyone rallying around and supporting one another.”

Also, thanks to their fantastic event sponsors: Lars Ice Bath International, JV RecruitmentFortis and DJ Be Kind to Other People.

Special Event for Mummy’s Wish Families

Our Mummy’s Wish mums were recently provided an exclusive opportunity by a Mummy’s Wish supporter to see a wonderful performance in Brisbane. Some 50 families and 120 family members and supporters attended the show. We know how important making special memories like these means to our mums and we are so thankful we were able to facilitate this occasion for our community. Thank you!

Running my heart out to help mums with cancer – $3,011

On 18 September, Susan van Erven Dorens ran in the Sydney Running Festival marathon to raise funds for Mummy’s Wish. We recently helped Susan’s friend Michelle and her family and thinking about what Michelle and other friends have overcome in the past year inspired her to keep training and got her over the finish line. Congratulations on your efforts Susan and thank you!


Dr Mellissa Naidoo 
Mum Ambassador & Board Advisor – Health Strategy

In 2013, Brisbane doctor Mellissa was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer 37-years-old and the mother of two girls under the age of four. During her treatment, Mellissa says Mummy’s Wish stood out as the one organisation that made the biggest difference to her family’s day-to-day life.

Mellissa now gives back to charity through fundraising for Dry July, sharing her story with the community, and helping to increase its profile by representing Mummy’s Wish at speaking events and media interviews. She joins the team as a health and mum ambassador and strategic advisor.