One woman shares her story about the joy she feels in giving to others
Beth is a mum of two, living in suburban Melbourne. After her second child was born, it hit her. The preciousness of life. And how families who aren’t as lucky as hers have it battle through.
Then she got in touch with us to donate to our life-saving work . Here she tells us about her journey of giving with Save the Children.
“In 2017 I had just had our second child and I became a lot more aware of how precious, vulnerable and susceptible children were to their family supports, resources and the environment around them.
A Save the Children advert came on TV; it was about a lack of water and access to food for children in war torn areas. I considered how stressed I get when my kids are sick or don’t have enough vegetables in their day; and that’s in a country which is relatively safe and we can access almost anything, anytime, anywhere. I then considered what it would be like to be a child or mum with an everyday stressor but in a place where basic needs were not even being met. It really helped to put my situation and prior priorities into perspective. It stirred that innate need to give to those who truly are in need.
In other places, water is luxury
I turn on the kitchen tap hundreds of times a day for water to drink, to wash our hands, while preparing and cooking food. We can wash our clothes and bedding so they feel clean, we can flush our toilet and we can have hot showers. By taking just one of these precious things away our lives would be different; imagine what it would be like to not even have a simple clean glass of water ‘on tap’, let alone all the other luxuries.
Some families are luckier than others