Boost for vulnerable mums

Published 9:00am 9 November 2023

Boost for vulnerable mums
Words by Jodie Powell

A Brendale charity that delivers crucial support for vulnerable mums will be able to help even more thanks to a donation from the Sunbites Good Fuel Fund.

A Brave Life founder and CEO Melissa Redsell says the $18,000 donation will allow the charity to continue to support vulnerable mothers with education, mentoring and Baby Bundles packed with the essentials for a trip to hospital to give birth.

“So many people are doing it tough themselves, but they really want to help others who are vulnerable, so they’re giving what they can,” Melissa says.

“The cost of living has affected everyone but we’re finding people are doing what they can to help because they don’t like to see others go without.”

A Brave Life helps about 3000 vulnerable mothers in South East Queensland with essentials through its Baby Bundle program each year, but Melissa estimates there are more than 20,000 vulnerable mothers who need its services.

“It’s not always about giving money, it’s volunteering or donating products where they can that also makes a really big difference.

“I think that’s the nature of us as humans and as Australians that we do rally around when people are doing it tough and give what we can,” Melissa says.

Supporting others

Launched in 2022, the Sunbites Good Fuel Fund helps local charities and shines a light on the charity heroes working tirelessly to do good in their communities.

Sunbites brand manager Rachel Carr says research commissioned by the company found almost 60 percent of people were more likely to support charities that provide essentials to children and mothers in need.

“Last year, we saw first-hand the need among local charities for financial support, so we are continuing to fuel the good in local communities through the Sunbites Good Fuel Fund,” Rachel says.

“One in four Aussies - the equivalent of 5.6 million people - have indicated they are likely to turn to local charities for support due to cost-of-living pressures.

“We’re calling on all Aussies to recognise the resources available in their local community and support those less fortunate.”

Click here to support A Brave Life.

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