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  • Helen Turkiewicz

    “What happens when a parent has no template for how to be a parent?”

            by SOPHIA TURKIEWICZ ONCE MY MOTHER is the story of two films – the one I started in 1976 and never finished and the one I’ve made now. The story begins in 1976 when I was a film school student and shot 16mm black and white footage of my mother and family, intending to make a documentary. But the footage was never edited. Looking back, I lacked the skill, the maturity and the perspective to do her story justice. The rushes lay in film cans in my hot attic cupboard for over thirty years. Occasionally, I’d [read more]

  • koriciza kids

    In this small African country, kids would never leave weet-bix in their bowl.

          By SARAH MEGGINSON As with most families, breakfast time is chaotic in our household. It takes at least an hour to get the kids dressed, fed and presentable, and washing the remnants of soggy weetbix and mashed banana down the drain is a common casualty of a busy morning. But recently, this mundane task has taken on new meaning. It makes me feel sad. Because I’m not just cleaning up the breakfast dishes, I am literally pouring good food down the sink. In Burundi, the kids would devour this, I thought when rinsing the bowls out this [read more]

  • FYA is the only national independent non-profit organisation dedicated to all young people in Australia.

    How do you get kids contributing to their beyond-the-screen community?

              By JAN OWEN, AM In a world where children and teenagers are bombarded with thousands of stories and images every day – 621 million YouTube clips (and counting!), TV, gaming (on average 10,000 hours by age 21), and 24/7 communication via Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and more – it’s often overwhelming to know where and how to get your kids moving and contributing to their beyond-the-screen community. The benefits are well evidenced these days. As both a parent and someone who has worked with children and young people all across this country for the past 25 [read more]

  • oxfam equal pay

    The gender wage gap represents the biggest obstacle to eradicating poverty.

            By Dr Helen Szoke, Oxfam Australia’s Chief Executive  In a village near Faizabad in India, 32-year-old mother of three, Manju Tiwari, works hard as a farmer, growing a wide variety of produce, including sugar cane, rice, wheat and potatoes. “Women do the majority of the work.  We do domestic work and we also work in the field.  We do everything but our work is not recognised,” she says. This is an issue right across the world, in rich and poor countries alike. For all the progress we’ve made in areas such as access to education, the under-valued [read more]

  • unhcr 2

    The lonely struggle facing Syria’s refugee women.

      By the UN Refugee Agency “Syrian refugee women are the glue holding together a broken society. Their strength is extraordinary, but they are struggling alone. Their voices are an appeal for help and protection which cannot be ignored.” – Angelina Jolie, UNHCR Special Envoy.  High on a hill outside of Tripoli, Lebanon, Fadia lives with her four children in an isolated tower. She had to flee Syria’s awful civil war after her husband was killed in May 2012. Today, she feels vulnerable and alone. In the tower, Fadia feels her every move is scrutinised by neighbours and local people. [read more]

  • nisha

    This is a problem we should be talking about.

            Silence is not something you come across often in India. But there we were, in the middle of a rural area in the country’s north, where it was dark, silent and still. The workers had come in from the fields, the cows had been brought in and milked, and there was a lull while families stopped and took a deep breath. I was at a small village in the state of Bihar, one of the poorest states of northern India, working with Opportunity International Australia. As the fog set in, we huddled into a van to [read more]

  • a drawing a day

    “365 days later, I found myself stronger, braver, better.”

            By Meg Minkley Over a year ago I was raped in Mexico by the owner of the hostel I was staying in. After my return, I was not able to find the support groups I envisioned, with conversations and cups of tea. So, as an artist, I got well into my art and started a Facebook page: A Drawing A Day. The process of producing one artwork a day, helped me process emotions in a way I would not have been able to do with words. Little did I know that other people would be interested [read more]

  • the big bounce 1

    This is the most fun you will ever have fundraising.

          By CAROLINE IVORY Imagine a household with a part-time working mum, two school-aged kids, a 4 year old kinder kid and a mischievous 2 year old. Throw in before and after school activities for the older children, day time activities for the younger children, housework and meal planning. Now just to top it off, add in two children with an incurable disease called Cystic Fibrosis (CF), which demands constant attention to diet, medications, exercise, physiotherapy and lots of hospital appointments. Welcome to my life! When my first child Aiden was born in 2002, despite being breastfed every [read more]

  • onehug 3

    What can you do when you think the world needs to change? Change it.

            By Eddy lee, founder of oneHug After a 16 year career in the Banking and Finance industry, I was growing very weary of the materialistic and selfishness of this environment. I had always wanted to do something for good but did not know how to achieve this. In June 2012, I had a major health scare, with doctors having to rule out a tumour on the brain, cancer, and stroke. With 2 kids on on the way it was a very scary time for me and my family. However doctors were quick to diagnose that I [read more]

  • 86533659

    “Has there ever been a moment in your life that has completely changed you forever?”

              WARNING: This post has details of a violent crime and may be distressing for some readers. By NICOLE HABERLY Has there ever been a moment in your life that has completely changed you forever? For me it was 8.09am one April morning in 2008 when my daughters, then 10 and 4, were getting ready for school. My eldest daughter was listening to the radio and she yelled for me to come into her room. She was standing there brushing her hair, looking at herself in the mirror. She had heard that an elderly couple had [read more]

  • jeans for genes day 2014 2

    “She’s the most outgoing, bubbly and sociable child. And we almost lost her.”

            By Dean Hutchison This is the story of my daughter Erin. She’s the most outgoing, bubbly and sociable child I’ve ever known. And we almost lost her. In 2006, my wife Kim was pregnant. We were doubly thrilled because we knew this was Kim’s only chance to have a baby. When she woke one night and said, “I’m feeling a bit off,” I wouldn’t normally have worried about it, but something made me sit up and take notice and we headed off to hospital to get it checked out. On the way there, things went from not [read more]

  • shout for good

    Have you ever played ‘Would You Rather?’

            There is this game that is a favourite with my group of friends. We have been known to spend literally hours taking turns throwing ‘What Would You Rather’? scenarios at each other. We are far from a high-brow group of gals, so the two option turn juvenile pretty quickly. Often the questions asked are like “What would you rather, open mouth kiss Kevin Rudd or Alf from Home and Away? (I’d go Alf if you are playing along. Elsa didn’t seem to mind.) What would you rather is a game Chrissie Swan and I often play [read more]

  • national stay in bed day 2

    “All tests indicated two healthy normal baby boys. But that was going to change.”

            By Tamara Robins On the 12th March 2005 our twin boys Harrison and Noah came into our lives. The boys where born 4 weeks early by caesarean section; two perfect little boys, all tests indicating two healthy normal baby boys. Ahh – what a sigh of relief. But how all of that was going to change. The boys where breastfeeding by day 4. Noah was always the slower feeder, we just assumed being prem this was probably normal. Noah was what we called a colicky baby; he cried a lot through the night and was a very [read more]

  • rylee

    “She was just a tiny baby …. Whoever expects brain cancer?”

            By Nikki Rivett, Rylee’s mum Nothing in this world will prepare you for a cancer diagnosis. And when that diagnosis is handed to your child you wish it was you instead. I am a mother to a perfect little girl Rylee. We celebrated Rylee’s sixth birthday recently with cake, Peppa Pig and a ballet costume. She’s a perfect, awesome child who loves life. You’d hardly know to look at her that she’s gone through rounds of chemotherapy and numerous surgeries for brain cancer. Rylee was just 16 months old when she was diagnosed in 2010. One morning, [read more]

  • the warwick cancer foundation

    “Seeing the fear in his eyes that he may die broke my heart.”

            By Samantha Lehmann In 2005, my brother died of cancer at age 35. He was a loving husband and father to his gorgeous baby boy. This was the last thing anyone would ever have imagined would happen to him and my family. At the age of 30 Warwick was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour which tore his happy world apart. Watching him struggle through treatment and its side effects, his inability to work, his loss of independence and seeing the fear in his eyes that he may die broke my heart. Once Warwick had his operation [read more]

  • Girl holding up a sad face image.

    Children don’t know how to manage their grief. They need our help.

            By Dianne McKissock OAM, Co-Founder/Clinical Director National Centre for Childhood Grief ‘A Friend’s Place’ I first learned about the painful and lonely experience of childhood grief from my mother and her siblings. Their experiences touched me and filled me with compassion, later proving to be a valuable source of understanding to draw on as I worked with many other bereaved children. Working at ‘A Friend’s Place’ has been one of the most rewarding parts of my long counselling career. So many children and their families now live in my heart and memory and are part of [read more]

  • nurse naomi hanna 1

    Her daughter said with complete confidence: “I know. You will heal me.”

              By NAOMI COOK ‘I know!’ My beautiful little girl tosses her hair with such certainty, ‘You will heal me.’ Nearly six months have passed since my six year old daughter, Hana, had a giant brain tumour removed. I promised her that I’d find a way to heal her brain and take away the constant hunger and debilitating weight gain she suffers as a result of her enormous surgery. On my journey to do so, I stumbled across something that not only has the capacity to improve her quality of life, but could also the improve [read more]

  • M.A. know check act

    Know the signs and symptoms of meningococcal, and keep your kids safe.

          Ahead of the peak season for meningococcal disease, where analyses show that infection rates spike between July – September, Meningococcal Australia has issued a reminder to parents to take the time to understand this rare, but devastating disease. To accompany this message, Meningococcal Australia is launching their Know, Check, Act online educational tool to help parents better understand the signs and symptoms, know how to protect their family and what to do should they suspect someone they care for has meningococcal disease. Know, Check, Act – Meningococcal Disease from Meningococcal Australia on Vimeo. Meningococcal Australia was formed by people [read more]

  • SIDS and Kids Red Nose Day 1

    “He never cried out for me, and he never opened his eyes.”

    By Kristie Tatton Avery was born on July 14, 2011.  He was my second born, and first son. He was 4009 grams and 59cm long.  And he never took a breath.  He never cried out for me and he never opened his eyes.  Avery was born silently.  Avery was born still. The overwhelming grief is like nothing you can imagine.  I could physically feel my heart breaking.  I touched his powdery soft skin and smoothed his downy hair.  I traced his fingers with mine, trying to commit them to memory.  I inhaled his scent and kissed his forehead.  We took photos, [read more]

  • int_039521

    It’s time to fight for our World Heritage.

              By Dermot O’Gorman| @DermotOz  In less than 24 hours, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee gathers in Doha to cast an important vote that will impact the future of our Great Barrier Reef. They’re not the only ones voting on the Reef though. Over the past three weeks, more than 200,000 people in a staggering 160 countries have voted to see the Reef protected. From Colombia to the Coral Triangle and Cairns to Coober Pedy, the message is loud and clear; we want the Reef protected for future generations – dumping dredge spoil in World Heritage Waters [read more]