The mothers behind the Redcliffe Mums group are passionate about giving children the same opportunities at school, no matter their financial situation.
It is a small but active group comprised of Trisha Hassum, Leanne Scott, Kyle Gadd, Mick Gadd, Melissa Pogmore, Kylie Pogmore, Kim Forsyth and Geoff Morris.
The organisation has been running for about two years, but its activities have ramped up during the past 12 months as the impact of COVID-19 was felt across the community.
“We just wanted to help people and help the kids who don’t have what they need. That could be schoolbooks, textbooks, excursion costs, uniforms, shoes or things like that,” Trisha says.
Leanne says it is important all children have the same opportunities at school and the equipment they need to learn.
“I’ve got kids at school here and they’ve got friends that have no money and can’t afford this and that. One had not had a Christmas tree in their life,” she says.
Rallying the community
The group has been hosting fundraising events to buy the items children need and help them feel good about themselves.
There are two events planned in coming months including an afternoon of music and fun on May 30 and a trivia night on July 31 at The Deception Bay Club.
Members of the group liaise with school chaplains to pinpoint children in need and to work out how they can help.
“We’re not here to embarrass anyone, the school gives (the items) to them secretly,” Trisha says.
“The aim is to make a difference in children’s lives and do part to help people in the community.”
Kyle says it also gives parents, who are struggling to cover costs, peace of mind.
All work fulltime and have busy lives with their own children, but agreed they were never too busy to help others.
“You can always find five minutes to help someone,” Kyle says.
EVENTS TO SUPPORT
- July 31: Trivia night on July 31 at The Deception Bay Club. Doors open at 5.30pm and games begin at 7pm. Prizes on offer, cent auction. Tickets are $10.
- May 30: An afternoon of music by The Plumbdogs, raffles, lucky door prizes at The Deception Bay Club from noon-5pm.
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