People with purpose: Mum’s the word

Posted on 29 Sep 2023

By Greg Thom, journalist, Institute of Community Directors Australia

St Kilda Mums

Children's charity St Kilda Mum’s purpose is to rehome essential items such as cots, prams and clothes to give kids in need the best start in life – an ethos shared by enthusiastic volunteer and mum, Laura.

Why did you volunteer to help St Kilda Mums?

Because their cause really resonated with me. I believe kids deserve to be kids, living their best lives, without the stresses of adult life intruding on that.

St Kilda Mums post regularly on social media about needing more volunteers so, once I was in a position to give them some of my time, I jumped on it!

How would you describe what you do?

I do whatever the team need me to do on a given day, generally based on where they are low on stock needing to be packaged up, ready to go to families in need.

Most of the time I am packing toiletry bags for babies and women - I fill these shelves up every week and am amazed at how quickly they fly out the door.

What’s your most memorable moment as a St Kilda Mums volunteer?

My most memorable moments are always when the team members who are fulfilling orders come to you and need to put together urgent and specific orders to be picked up that day for a family.

It really brings to life for me the impact the organisation has and why we do what we do.

Why does an organisation like St Kilda Mums matter?

St Kilda Mums matters because there are so many children’s clothes, toys, toiletries, nappies, feeding items, etc in the world which either don’t get used at all, or get used very little.

So, rehoming these to those in need makes a huge difference to the lives of families who are going through a tough period.

St Kilda Mums motto is, ‘If you’re doing okay, please help a family who isn’t.’ Head to their website if you would like to donate.

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