Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley Foundation supports mums

By Tara Whitsed

More than 10 Greater Shepparton mothers have received much-needed prams for their babies thanks to the Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley Foundation.

Goulburn Valley Pregnancy and Family Support Services lead practitioner Maree Chin said in September the service reached a crisis situation when its supply of prams was depleted.

‘‘At the time, 12 needy mothers were on a waiting list for a pram,’’ she said.

After approaching the foundation, the Caroline Chisholm Society’s rural branch received a $2100 grant to buy new prams as well as offering to buy appropriate second-hand prams through a community drive in the future.

Ms Chin said the service greatly appreciated the donation.

Foundation director Amanda McCulloch said they were proud to support the service to help mothers get out and about with their children.

Ms Chin said it was also an exciting time for the society, which was celebrating its 50th year.

‘‘We support families with the goods they need during and after pregnancy; when we give out those goods — often at appointments that we offer in Shepparton, Essendon and Caroline Springs — the family shares other things going on for them,’’ she said.

‘‘Our team of dedicated volunteers work tirelessly in our material aid section to manage the donations and storage of new and pre-loved children’s clothing up to size 10.

‘‘They also clean and safety check good quality bassinets, car seats, high chairs, prams and baths.’’

The service supported families more than 1400 times last year with 200 being at-home extended appointments.

Ms Chin said the support service was established in Shepparton in 1975.

‘‘Community donations are very welcome,’’ she said.

The service is also looking for more volunteers and Ms Chin encouraged anyone who thought they would be suited to phone the office on 58210826.