What a huge few weeks it’s been for us all!
In September I attended the canonization of now Saint Theresa, along with tens of thousands of other pilgrims from around the world. Mother Theresa was the inspiration for my work when I was a child and I was privileged to work alongside her in Calcutta for a short time. It was truly inspiring and uplifting to attend this amazing event.
Then it was off to Rio to support Ahmed as he competed in the Paralympics. He gave it his all and swam even better than at the London games, but it was just not enough for a medal. We’re very proud of him.
I was moved by the community spirit of the wonderful women who attended the Women Inspiring Business Lunch at the Manningham Civic Centre this month. They are all actively involved in the wellbeing of other women. I was touched also by their support for the work of our Foundation.
I give many presentations each year to corporate groups and community organisations and I’m always deeply touched by the warm response I receive.
A big happy birthday to our beautiful Angel! We celebrated with cake and treats and lots of fun. She is doing well and we’ll keep you updated with her progress on this site.
Three of the mothers living with us are enrolled in barista training and this will give them improved work options going forward.
Congratulations to Mimoza! She came to us from Albania and started year 7 here with absolutely no education. Despite incredible difficulties, with hard work and dedication she has just completed year 12 with flying colours. We were able to surprise Mimoza by bringing her mum to Australia to see her graduate. We’re all so proud of Mimoza. Her future has never been brighter.
And of course I have to tell you about our extraordinary Shahd. Every day she inspires us with her strength, her spirit and her amazing humour. She has just completed her second operation. Now she has two eye lids, so she can close her eyes and both her hands have been released, so she is able to grasp things with her fingers. She has been so brave through this whole journey.
Our home buzzes with activity every day and there are so many stories and celebrations to share. None of this would be possible without the generous support we receive and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
In Peace and Service Always. Keep smiling,