There are few things as powerful as a mother’s love for their children. A mother’s love will endure through any number of hardships; through seemingly endless sleepless nights with crying newborns, through years of sullen looks and monosyllabic conversations with teenagers. This love gives birth to families, to communities and sometimes, it gives birth to ideas that change the world.
Here is a short, and by no means complete, list of mothers whose love for their children is affecting change. Some are using their platforms to bring light to causes worthy of attention; others are quietly going about their work, changing individual lives. Each woman is remarkable, and all work is borne of their encounters with motherhood.
Nicolle Drake – Smile Like Drake Foundation
Christopher James Drake was 23-years-old when a crashing wave swept him from North Curl Curl Beach’s rock pool to an angry ocean that kept him for four days - until his body was recovered by local police. He had swum through agitated waters to come to the aid of two girls in the rock pool. One girl attested to his heroism, saying his last words were: "Are you all right?"
Motivated by the love and loss of her son, Nicolle Drake, along with Christopher's father, Trevor, set up Smile Like Drake Foundation – a not-for-profit organisation that aims to improve water safety, named for the infectious smile their son was known for. They are currently working on an anchor and harness system designed to prevent rock fisherman from drowning.
Of the son responsible for so much good, Nicolle has written: "We were blessed to have the most extraordinary son who was selfless to the end, helping a young girl when a rogue wave swept him away."