Want to read about some amazing ladies? Barnardos Australia has gone searching for the ‘Barnardos Mother of the Year‘, and here are the finalists.
The ACT finalist…
Beth Brandy, 66, Belinda’s stepmother
Belinda Nunn, 37 is a force to be reckoned with. She is not only the biological mother of three daughters, but has also taken on the responsibility of raising her niece, Takisha, after the little girl’s own parents were deemed unsuitable by authorities. Belinda took Takisha into care before she could even walk and has since provided Takisha with opportunities she would never otherwise have had. Belinda has placed Takisha into a private school and she is now excelling scholastically.
Sadly, when Belinda’s twin sister died, Belinda also became heavily involved in the lives of the other three children she left behind, aged 8, 11 and 12 at the time of their mother’s death and continues to be much more than an Aunty. In addition, Belinda’s daughter, Monique, who recently turned 18, is the first person in the family of Aboriginal descent to have been offered a place at university. This is in no small part due to the support, encouragement and mentoring of Belinda.
With the little time that Belinda has left in her day, she is a dedicated coach to her daughter’s netball team, she works in her husband’s family business and manages all of the children’s school and social commitments. When asked what she loves most about being a mum, Belinda is quick to respond, “Seeing my kids achieve in sports or academics and being happy”.
The NSW finalist…
Jason Carrasco (her daughters friend), 21
When 49 year old Gloria Nascimento’s daughter, Cass was 16 years old she was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour. When the doctors gave Cass a 4% chance of survival, Gloria did everything she could to try to save her daughter, including taking her to America to try a new treatment. Gloria left her job in order to provide better support for her daughter. The family lived in Wollongong and it took Gloria two hours to drive one way to the hospital, which she did regularly for three years in order to attend every doctors appointment and be there when Cass was going through treatment. On the occasions that Cass would stay overnight in hospital, Gloria refused to let her daughter be alone and would often sleep on the floor next to her bed. When Cass had already had three brain operations, Gloria would continue to instill her with the gift of positivity to help her to overcome her fears. This would, in turn, rub off on, not only Cass, but also all of her friends. Facing the unknown of cancer and its unpredictability Gloria would often reassure her daughter that everything would be alright and that they would get through this disease together.