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Aspley duo helps mothers in need

Since 2009 Colleen Borgeaud and Nancy Blight have run the Walking with Love program through Aspley Care to support expectant mothers in poor circumstances with everything they need for a new baby.
Since 2009 Colleen Borgeaud and Nancy Blight have run the Walking with Love program through Aspley Care to support expectant mothers in poor circumstances with everything they need for a new baby. Jacqueline Henry

ASPLEY friends and neighbours Colleen Borgeaud and Nancy Blight work side by side to help pregnant women in need of support and love.

Mrs Borgeaud, 76 and Mrs Blight, 89 volunteered to run Walking with Love (WWL) in March 2009 to help expectant mothers in poor circumstances.

"We mostly help women escaping domestic violence and refugees,” Mrs Blight said.

"The circumstances these women find themselves in are often out of their control.” Mrs Blight said.

Mrs Borgeaud said, "WWL aims to provide practical and immediate help to pregnant women and their babies. There are many women in the community who find themselves pregnant and alone.

"We help women from refuges, fleeing domestic violence and refugees who suffer from isolation and need support during their pregnancy and after their baby is born. We offer help to these women - loving, non-judgemental help alongside practical care.

"Royal Brisbane Hospital, St Vincent de Paul, Glen Haven, Aspley Care, the Mater Hospital and Hope House refer people to us.

"When we receive a call we go and visit the expectant mother. We sit down with her and spend as much time as required to enable her to unload all her worries and concerns, and especially her needs.

"We collect the things she needs such as baby clothes, nappies, a bath, pram, cot, high chair and food, just to name a few, and deliver them to her home. Some of these mothers need continuing support for some weeks and even months after the initial phone call.

"We are the only active Walking With Love in Brisbane and have helped many mothers all over Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Toowoomba.

"We are very grateful for the support of Aspley Care, Quota Club, Catholic Women's League, St Vincent de Paul, Apostolic Church, St Monica's Guild, Ray White, Bunnings and Rotary Club who are willing to give unconditionally.

"WWL has great support from Aspley Care. Through this support we are also able to offer these mothers transport, cooked meals and clothes for their other children.”

Mrs Borgeaud is godmother to a child of a family they helped.

"Four years ago I became a godmother to a little Ethiopian boy. His mother had no family in Australia and was in a violent relationship.

"Since 2009 we have learnt to expect the unexpected. Our volunteers help women regain self-esteem and a sense of family life.

"I believe generosity is an essential ingredient for a fulfilling, happy life. Giving to people in need can enable isolated, vulnerable and impoverished individuals in a very powerful way. Those in need do not need our judgment, they need acceptance and support,” Mrs Borgeaud said.

"We met an 18-year-old woman who was two weeks away from delivering her baby and only had a bottle and dummy and nothing else,” Mrs Blight said.

"All the items we provide are donated to us and we offer practical help. We've even taken a baby for a ride in the car while the mother had a sleep.”

If people want to make a donation, phone Aspley Care on 3862 7145 from Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm. Donated prams must be less then 10 years old.

Topics:  aspley care glen haven hope house mater hospital royal brisbane hospital st vincent de paul walking with love


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