Mary

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You have really blown me away and words cannot express how much this means to me.

I have had such a testing time the last few weeks, if it wasn’t for RAW and the bond we share I wouldn’t have been able to conquer my fears and the stresses of my past and present. I knew it would be hard, but I didn’t realise just how hard it would be and after the past few weeks I see RAW in yet another whole new light. RAW has had my back when nobody else did, supporting me, listening to me, and working through my struggles right by my side.

RAW has gone above and beyond to ensure I get to see my babies as much as possible, and built up a great relationship with Oranga Tamariki, ensuring my babies and my interests are put first. If it wasn’t for RAW I also wouldn’t be studying, which I’m so glad about. I am really enjoying what I’m doing and it’s a great feeling being fully equipped for my classes. It was a bit of a bumpy road to get me to this day, but you showed me the commitment that you have for my future and I am so happy I listened to you, you have yet again gone beyond my expectations.

Today Annah reached out in a talk and shared my situation with my babies asking if there was anybody willing to give up their time to help with supervising my visits so I can get to be with them more often and for longer. There was a great response, an email was received shortly after and the people willing to help is amazing.

If it wasn’t for RAW I would not be where I am today. I cannot thank you enough for what you do for me, making my life stresses simpler, you relieve so many heavy burdens for me and I’ve never known anybody like you.

Thank you so much for believing in me.

Much love and Respect always.

Mary 

How would someone else describe you? 
Cheerful, energic, strong, honest, and committed.

What is your favourite time of the day?
The morning, it being the beginning of a new day.

What sports do you enjoy?
I enjoy watching boxing.

Do you have any strange phobias?
I don’t like closed areas. I like to be able to breathe fresh air.

What advice should you have listened to when you were a teenager?
Not to learn everything the hard way.

If you were talking to yourself about coming to RAW for the first time what advice would you give yourself?
To be honest, open, and respectful. The biggest thing is to communicate.

What does earning your own income mean to you?
Independence, structure, discipline and stability. Achievement – setting up my future.

If you could do just one thing to influence your children’s futures what would you like to do for them?
To always be there.

What are your aspirations for the future?
To have a simple, loving and happy life with my family. Being proud of myself, knowing I make good decisions. Being the best role model and mother to my babies, offering and showing them a great future together.