Spring News 2020
NATIONAL CEO’s MESSAGE
Thank you does not feel a strong enough sentiment to convey our gratitude for the continued support from the Mummy’s Wish community during this challenging year.
What a huge effort in the past few months, from the Mums we support, fundraisers, sponsors and donors, who together broke two fundraising records through Dry July and the annual Big Mumma’s Italian Feast. Highlights of these outstanding efforts can be found further in the eNews.
The funds raised will ensure that we can both continue our practical support and also increase our impact in 2021, with a focus on supporting more mums and expanding the type of support options we provide.
Our survey of Mums identified a number of ways to increase support, including extending the cleaning time period and reintroducing photography sessions. All feedback is valued and contributes to our strategy. Any Mums who missed the survey and would like input into future support development are welcome to email their feedback to: email@example.com.
During Spring, the Mums and supporters in our community have created innovative ways to make a difference. A special thank you to Yvette and Nada, Mums we support, for their extraordinary efforts, as well as to Annette’s family and friends who hiked Walsh’s Pyramid in her memory. You, and all the mums we support, are an inspiration.
We are proud to have continued providing practical support to Mums with cancer, their children and families during this global pandemic. Hearing from Mums about the positive impact of our support is the highlight of every day.
Take care and please keep an eye out for the upcoming launch of the Mummy’s Christmas Wish Campaign.
DRY JULY WRAP UP
Earlier this year we issued a call out for Dry July, hoping for 13 participants in every State and Territory. We were overwhelmed with support, smashing our participant and fundraising targets and breaking records along the way. THANK YOU to each and every one of our amazing Dry Julyers and generous donors! A special mention to the Dry July Foundation team, especially Zoe, for believing in the work we do and our vision for the future. Cheers to Dry July 2021!
One of the 720 DJ participants was Yvette Martin, a Randwick Mum of three who was diagnosed with breast cancer in May, but wasted no time in signing up for Dry July and set a $1,000 goal to help support Mummy’s Wish.
‘I felt like a positive thing I could do was Dry July… it’s so important to support Mummy’s Wish. They’re an organisation that has made such a difference to the whole journey.’
MUMS’ SUPPORT UPDATE
It has been a busy few months for the Support Team at Mummy’s Wish, providing a range of support to 185 Mums all across Australia.
With COVID-19 restrictions in place in Victoria, the Mummy’s Wish Team reached out for additional items to create special Care Packs, for the Mums in isolation who were caring for their kids. Over 100 parcels were posted, containing activity packs, colouring books, games and other items to help them keep their children occupied.
These packs were a huge help to the Mums in lockdown. One Mum, Loredana, said:
“The kids love it and I got overwhelmed from the support I have gotten from you. Thank you.”
Mummy’s Wish would like to thank our volunteer Christine (pictured, right) who has done a wonderful job stuffing our bears with love over the past few months.
Mummy’s Wish currently receives no government funding. We rely solely on the generosity of the trusts and foundations, the corporate sector, community fundraising advocates and our regular donors. Without this support, Mummy’s Wish could not provide practical services that make a difference to the lives of mums with cancer, and their young families.
RECORD-BREAKING BIG MUMMA’S ITALIAN FEAST
Who would have thought that the 2020 Big Mumma’s Italian Feast would be the biggest ever?
2 weeks from our original date we had to regretfully postpone the event until restrictions were lifted. Later, when we began planning how to host 140 guests safely, we realised that our long time supporter Tartufo would not be an option for this year. BMIF moved to exciting new event space Lumiere, who provided a delectable 5 course Italian feast, paired with Italiquore wines and an amazing fashion parade by White Label Noba and Samantha Ogilvie Boutique.
The generously donated raffle, live auction and silent auction prizes were a huge hit, with guests enthusiastically participating, and the event as a whole raising in excess of $72,000 to support Mums undergoing treatment for cancer.
A special thank you to our incredible host and ambassdor Carla Haddan Place Bulimba, our guests, and our Sponsors and Supporters; Maddison Health Care Group, Hopgood Ganim Lawyers, Lumiere Events and Culinary Studio, Italiquore, White Label Noba, Samantha Ogilvie Boutique, Performance Strategies and Nicole Winkler Couture Jewellery.
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