Caring for children in need has been a focus of Pauline's life for many years. Today, along with husband Shane and her family, Pauline continues to transform the lives of young people who cannot live with their families.
Years ago along with her parents, Fr Peter Hudson and the Nunan family, Pauline started a local Nobody's Children branch to fundraise for disadvantaged children.
Last time I visited my grandparents, my grandfather pulled out a photograph of my grandmother with my dad, aged four, and my aunt, aged one. It was a fuzzy blown up photocopy, but the genuine smile on my grandmother's face was clear enough to give insight into the joy in that moment. My father, distracted by a toy he was holding, had a cheeky look on his face that I can still recognise today, some 62 years later.
Michelle is a young woman with a bright future, but her outlook has not always been so positive. In her teenage years, Michelle had a much bleaker stance on life.
By the age of 17, Michelle had been living in an adult world for many years.
While the first few weeks of a new school year probably brought excitement, structure and a return to household routine, perhaps it has also brought new anxieties coping with the demands of timetables, homework and school lunches!
It doesnt matter if a child has just started day care for the first time, started kindergarten, a new school, returned to an old school or moved to high school. The hurdles children and carers face can turn what should be a positive developmental experience into a potentially stressful event.
To help everyone manage the demands of the school/work routine, ...