The Daily Telegraph, Saturday June 16th, 2001, www.news.com.au – Page 3
By Letitia Rowlands
Eight mothers from Oatlands have so far raised more than $190,000 for charities and neighbours in need of help.
Their latest project was organising a cocktail party which raised more than $14,000 for a woman who needed a van and lifter to transport her daughter, who has cerebral palsy.
The women known as Mums on a Mission say they get from their work a “special feeling inside” which comes with helping others.
“We’ve all been blessed with healthy families so we are very lucky,” group organise Ferial Youakim, 36, said.
“All we do is help people who are not as lucky as us.
“The special feeling that you get when you help people is just amazing, it is all the reward we need.”
The women have known each other since their children started school together about 12 years ago.
They began raising money to help others in 1997.
Most of the women work part-time but get together each week to work on their latest project.
“We just thought we should do something to help others so we organised a Melbourne Cup luncheon to raise money for sick children,” Mrs Youakim said.
“We actually didn’t raise as much as we wanted to the first time but it snowballed from there.”
The group’s efforts include raising tens of thousands of dollars for the Cancer Council and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
They are approached by people who need help raising funds for worthy project.